The birds at my feeder disappeared and then I saw this fellow in the tree. It's either a Coopers or a Sharp-Shinned. I'm leaning towards Sharp-Shinned at this point. Hawks are scarce up here, especially this time of year, so I was excited to see it.
Hi there Debbie,
I really do not have a clue, unless someone here has it at pet. There are very few house out where I am house sitting at. When I talk to the people who live here, I will ask them if they know, or if they have ever seen it before.
It was sure a strange thing to go strutting across the road in front of me. I am just glad I had help figureing out what the heck it was, and that I just happened to have my camera in the car.
I took the red tail hawk photo at St. Vrain SP. Last Spring there was a nest with two chicks just to the South of the rest rooms at the far end of Pelican pond. The nest was just off the trail on the left. The hawk was very protective and would tell us off whenever we hiked around there.
The great horned owl shots were taken near our place in Westminster. There is a family of them that shows up each spring near a ropes course in the dry creek open space. There is a bridge over dry creek on Zuni/Federal (they turn into each other) between 120th and 128th. The ropes course is just to the East of the bridge. The owls show up regularly there each evening through Winter and early Spring. The darker owl shot I took up at Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain NP a couple years ago. I've been up there may times since but haven't seen it again.
I saw the turkeys just South of the road heading into the North entrance to Rocky Mountain NP - just about 100 yards from the entrance gate. I think we saw these in early Spring last year. Quite a treat!
Looks like you get a great show up there at your birdfeeder! You've got some nice photos!