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Outdoors

  • Christmas Bird Count is this weekend

    When wondering what was new in Our Evergreen World that I could write about this week, I discovered three noteworthy items.

     

    Christmas Bird Count on Sunday

    First and foremost is that Sunday, Dec. 19, is the 2010 Christmas Bird Count. This international event is sponsored locally by Evergreen Audubon.

  • Bobcats on the increase here, but lynx live further north

    Ever since I wrote about seeing a bobcat several years ago, I have had a good number of reports about them and about lynx being seen in the area.

    Bobcats, yes. They seem to have increased in the area or at least are being seen more frequently. Lynx? I don’t think so. The Canada lynx is a close relative of the bobcat but is a bigger animal. It was at one time known in this area but is believed to be extinct here in recent years.

  • Full-moon walks are full of adventure

    Reprinted from Dec. 5, 2007

     

    I hope all of you were able to enjoy the three beautiful nights of Nov. 23, 24 and 25. They were the night before the full moon, the night of the full moon and the night after.

    It is seldom that we have three crystal-clear nights in a row at the time of the full moon.

  • Jeepers, brown creepers are here

    Reprinted from Nov. 19, 2008

    Many people have asked recently about a little brown mottled bird with a white breast and a curved beak that they have seen circling around the trunks of their trees.

    The bird is a brown creeper, a fairly common resident in our woodlands. Why they have become so obvious recently probably has several causes.

  • Squirrels, catbirds are among autumn visitors

    There has been very little new at the feeder this week. This is because it is empty most of the time. The maintenance man here at Elk Run is very kind and he tries to keep it up and filled. However, some critter or critters seem to knock it down as fast as he can put it up. Since I hope to be going home in about 10 days, it is not worth the expense of an elaborate pulley system, so I must give up even though the birds bring me much joy.

  • Dark-eyed juncos bring color to fall bird feeders

    I am writing this on Sunday, Oct. 31. This has been a beautiful autumn Sunday with temperatures ranging from 60 this morning to the low 70s this afternoon.
    A light breeze is keeping it from being warmer, but the sky is at its best Colorado blue. I am still at Elk Run Assisted Living, disappointed that I need to stay a bit longer, but I now plan to be home with some of my family by Thanksgiving.

  • Mild fall brings out winged, four-legged creatures

    This has been a beautiful fall so far, with warm sunny days and blue skies.

    I am now getting physical therapy on my wrist and have enjoyed the warm, gold days as much as possible.

    I get outdoors for a bit most days to enjoy the fall weather while I can. Locally, some of the aspen are still green but other ones are in full color. From what I have seen on the TV news, many of the leaves have already been blown off in the high country.

  • Remember, raccoons are wild animals

    Well, I’ve done it again. Once a klutz, always a klutz. Seems like every few years, lately, I have to go tumbling around, either spraining or breaking something.

    This time it’s a broken right wrist. How these things happen so quickly amazes me, but of course, if you had time to think about it, they wouldn’t happen.

  • Take advantage of the changing seasons

    From Oct. 1, 2008

     

    It is a warm “summer” day, even if fall has arrived. While out on the patio enjoying the warm temperature, I noticed several patches of pine resin that were gathering the fallen scales of pine cones in their viscous, gooey puddles.

  • Beautiful fall presages winter’s chill

    Reprinted from Oct. 11, 2006

     

    This has been a beautiful fall, with the best color being at lower elevations, such as around Evergreen. The aspen in Little Cub Creek Valley have been at their best for a week now, but strong breezes have begun to take their toll.

    October has brought some of the warm weather we looked for in September, and we have enjoyed the Indian summer days.