Colorado birds and a whistle pig

Finally, a Clark's Grebe! I've been looking for them since I was a sophomore at Colorado State University. That wasn't yesterday. This fellow was in the company of three Western Grebes.

Clark's Grebe (Aechmophorus clarkii) - Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

Western Grebes (Aechmophorus occidentalis) - Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

While trout fishing in the Blue Mesa Reservoir, a massive storm rolled in. We cruised back to the dock and loaded the boat. Just as we were finishing putting the cover on the boat, the Colorado sunshine broke through the clouds and shoved the storm into the distance.

The tree that we were parked next to contained this little storm-weathered bird.

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) - Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado

You were promised a whistle pig. They are actually called Yellow-bellied Marmots but I grew up knowing them as little (or huge) whistle piggies.

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Marmota flaviventris) - Currecanti National Recreation Area, Colorado