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

New bird sightings, new website

Sorry about the 6-day wait, folks! Wordpress really wanted to hang on to my domain. I'm back now! Welcome to the new digs! Please have a look around. If you'd like to subscribe by email, there's a little box at the bottom of every page that will allow you to do so!


I think there should be a word for this feeling. It's the one you get when you've lived somewhere for awhile. Your days start to feel a bit routine, maybe even a little mundane (I'm looking at you, winter). You drive the same route, mostly. You go to the same grocery store out of habit or convenience or both. It can be comfortable, but just that. Not overwhelmingly boring and not seriously exuberant. And then! You see something you've never seen before. In a place you've been many times.

I'll be honest, most of these things for me are birds. You can't be surprised. But currently there is a whole ocean of sea pans (or pack ice) in every harbour surrounding the capital city (St. John's, NL) and there are seals and polar bears on that ice. POLAR BEARS! I took some photographs of this sea ice and I'll be sure to post about it in a couple days.

Just when I thought I knew every shade of winter grey here, sea ice and seals and polar bears mosey on over.

I saw two new birds the other day as well. New to me. Not new to Quidi Vidi Lake here in town.

Eurasian Wigeon 

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

It's the carrot-top, Eurasian version of the American Wigeon, which was also present in small numbers.

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) female and males - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

My other first was this Pied-billed Grebe.

Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) - Quidi Vidi Lake, St. John's, Newfoundland

These two newbies have been added to my Bird List which can be found in the menu at the top of the page. You will see all of the wild birds I've observed there (not counting zoos, etc.).

The links for the posts that relate to each species may still need a bit of tuning up so be patient if you cannot find a post you're looking for right away. I'm on it!

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