Bighorn sheep in Bighorn Sheep Canyon

I spotted this female bighorn sheep in a small maternal herd in the Bighorn Sheep Canyon about 30 miles east of my home.  Female sheep live in small groups of ewes and their lambs.   I think this ewe has such a bright eye that she must not be very old. 
Both top pics are of the same female bighorn sheep. The pic below is one of the several lambs in this herd. SeEtta

Barn Owl redux

I found this Barn Owl last year in a campground next to Lake Hasty in far southeastern Colorado. I took the pics with my 300 mm lens ( or 6X enlargement) and additionally cropped the pic (see below)o enlarge it to the top pic. SeEtta

Lady Lucifer Hummingbird

[Click on Read More below to see second pic} While not as flashy as her male counterpart the female Lucifer Hummingbird is a 'looker' in her own right. Their backs are dark green like the males. The best description for their underparts I have seen is as follows: "They have an intense cinnamon wash on the breast and throat. Compared to other similar hummingbird species, female Lucifer Hummingbirds have buffier under parts, particularly the breast and throat." (from And as clearly shown in these pics the females the distinctive curved bill like the males of this species. I photographed this female at Ash Canyon B&B in Hereford, AZ last fall. SeEtta

Lovely Lucifer Hummingbird, a SE Arizona specialty

(click on Read More at bottom of this to open full post to see all 3 pics) These Lucifer Hummingbird's extends north from Mexico into southeast Ariz/southwest N Mexico and into the southern part of Big Bend National Park in western Texas. And the best place to see them is at Ash Canyon Bed & Breakfast in Hereford, Arizona. They are fairly regular at this fantastic hummer haven which allows day visitors to watch birds at their feeding stations for a mere $5. This bird sanctuary is located in the Huachuca Mountains and they have a number of birds visit the feeders and water including including records of 14 hummingbird species.
I have visited here several times, including last September when I took these pics that I haven't had a chance to upload, and have never been disappointed. These are all male Lucifers and these pics show their distinctive curved bill and beautiful purple throat. SeEtta

Rare visitors, a pair of Trumpeter Swans

It has been over a decade since Trumpeter Swans visited my county in So Colorado so it was most enjoyable to see this pair at Brush Hollow Reservoir. (to see the rest of the write up and 4 more photos click on Read More below to open the full blog post)
And it was sweet to get to watch and photograph when one of them stretched it's 8 foot+ wingspan, how magnificent.
The pic above shows some of the field marks for Trumpeter versus other species of swans as noted in the Trumpeter Swan Society web page:  "The bill is heavy in proportion to head with a straight profile. Angular head shape somewhat resembling canvasback duck. Eye not distinct from bill." bill."
And the pic below shows the red border on the lower mandible and without the yellow spot in front of the eyes as found on Tundra Swans (which can sometimes have a red border on the lower mandible per the Trumpeter Swan Society website).
Note that I deferred blogging about these swans until they had left as th…


Pronghorn were historically found from Mexico to Canada with a wider range than now (see map of current and historic below--click on Read More). They are the second fastest mammal, only the Cheeta able to run faster.   According to National Geographic, "They can run at more than 53 miles an hour." They prefer open spaces so are frequently found on grasslands like where this one was located as well as brushlands and deserts.   SeEtta

Lewis's Woodpecker, most vibrant woodpecker

I have followed Lewis's Woodpeckers in Canon City for many years as they seemingly come and go from various locations around the area. Last year I couldn't any around town so I have pleased to find a few near one of the many orchards in this area.  They are a species of conservation concern due to habitat loss including competition for nest holes from Starlings.  I love to watch them as their salmon colored underparts are brilliant when the sun hits them.  SeEtta