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Plants of the Western Slope June 14, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope June 14, 2017

What a lovely bunch of weeds! They line the roadways on my right. I pull off the road onto the widened gravel area and stop.

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Plants of the Western Slope May 31, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope May 31, 2017

What's in a name? Very often, our identity. Imagine Cedaredge being Juniper-edge, or Cedar City being Juniper City. How about Cedar Avenue being Juniper Avenue?

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Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope May 17, 2017

I certainly enjoyed lunch with my friend, Barbara. And now I'm driving along Tongue Creek Road because there's so much less traffic here than on Highway 65 and I can look at the landscape. There's not much to see except for the Dobe' Daisies.

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Plants of the Western Slope April 26, 2017

Gray again. Light gray sky, dark gray sky, and angry-looking gray clouds everywhere.

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Birds of the Western Slope April 12, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope April 12, 2017

I have seen prairie falcon on many occasions, but I've never seen one so bedraggled! Or so annoyed. Poor thing.

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Birds of the Western Slope April 5, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope April 5, 2017

I can hear them calling. I see them in the clouds above ­-- when they aren't there! And I know that I will continue to hear them.

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Plants of the Western Slope March 29, 2017

There's still plenty of snow on Grand Mesa and Craig Crest is still a brilliant white. How I long for summer!

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 22, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 22, 2017

What a pretty little bird! And I've never met one! That would be a treat for me, but the range maps show that he lives out of our range (more's the pity).

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 8, 2017

And here it is -- March already! And cranes! I can't get enough of them! And they are cooperating. As I gaze out of our dining room window, I know there are cranes at the reservoir. And I am happy!

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Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Mar. 1, 2017

It is that time of year, and the Crane Hotline will be up and running on March 1. Our Greater Sandhills of the Rocky Mountain Population will soon pass through Hart's Basin Reservoir (also known as Fruitgrowers Reservoir).

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Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 22, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 22, 2017

It was at the end of July or was it in early August . . . I don't quite remember, doesn't matter anyhow. The Vela's had kindly invited me down to their place to see the fledgling barn swallows. What a treat!

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Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Feb. 15, 2017

Blue sky! It's hard to believe, but it is blue sky! I revel in the warmth of the sun coming through the car windows!

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Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Feb. 8, 2017

It's still trying to snow ... I can't see Jeff's (our neighbor to the south) or Sharla's (our neighbor to the north). But yesterday I had a glimpse of the San Juan Mountains (at least there were angry clouds where I knew those mountains were!)

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 25, 2017

How grand! The sky is blue (yes, a few clouds are around but I'm ignoring them). The sky is bright! And Terri just told us that there are "thousands" of cranes at the Escalante area! And the sky is blue!

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Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017
Plants of the Western Slope Jan. 18, 2017

On leaving Delta, we took 1600 Road, then turned onto the Trap Club Road and followed it past the landfill. As we neared the junction with North Road, I began to carefully note the roadside vegetation.

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Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 11, 2017

This is the first serious snow that we've had -- I wish it would go away! I never liked the cold or the snow, but it means water for us in the summer so I'll just have to put up with it. But I can't go anywhere. So I'll just think about my birds.

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Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 4, 2017
Birds of the Western Slope Jan. 4, 2017

No snow today -- clear sky without a single cloud, and I always wonder, "How long will this last!" But after yesterday's storm, this change is most welcome!

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Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 28, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 28, 2016

The little birds are very busy in our ornamental pear tree. There was plenty of blossom last spring and our little tree was the prettiest we've ever seen it.

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Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 21, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Dec. 21, 2016

Another gray day. But the wind is not blowing. As we pull into the driveway, there is bird motion to our left . . . and there go two doves.

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Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 30, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 30, 2016

As we sit at the dining room table, I admire the new snow on Grand Mesa, even though I can't see it all because the clouds are very lazy on this November morning. In the pasture across the road, I count five horses . . . there were six last night. Wait . . . watch . . . oh, there it is!

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Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 23, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 23, 2016

I am hoping to find the wild turkeys that I found a few years ago along this backroad. They were "new birds" for me then because they were named "wild turkeys."

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Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 16, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 16, 2016

The weekend before Thanksgiving was always reserved for my Bosque trip. I made hotel reservations in Socorro and since the town isn't large, rooms were sometimes difficult to find.

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Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 9, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Nov. 9, 2016

My cattails are in full "seed dispersal mode" and I delight in watching them. I drove up to the top of the hill east of Hart's Basin where I could see a bit of water at the far end of the reservoir. It's low, but I've seen it lower!

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Plants of the Western Slope Nov. 2, 2016

Perhaps you will recall my column of Sept. 6 about cattails. Or perhaps you'll remember the photo below and that I mentioned that I hadn't seen a cattail like that. Well, now I've been more observant!

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 26, 2016

I'm driving up this familiar back road, named Hulteen Road, and again I wonder about that name. The adjacent fields lie fallow, the sunlight is bright after the recent days of storm and I can see snow on the Grand Mesa. Summer's over.

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 19, 2016

Our neighbor's flag droops upon its pole. The roadside grasses are unmoving. But the leaves on our cottonwoods do their fluttering dance in the invisible breeze.

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Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 12, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Oct. 12, 2016

Here comes one . . . a swift flash of blue is all I can see. I know that it was a scrub jay because Dave Gallinat called me to say that they were eating everything in sight.

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Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 5, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope Oct. 5, 2016

Just past the Cory Store, Allen and I can look down on the fields along Tongue Creek. Big hay-rolls stand in the stubble fields contrasting with the gray-tan of the 'dobie badlands beyond.

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Birds of the Western Slope Sept. 21, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope Sept. 21, 2016

It seems like it was only yesterday that I was driving along this road on my way to Palisade to connect with Karen. We were headed for the Colorado Fish & Wildlife Commission hearing to speak in opposition to the proposed hunting of our greater sandhill cranes.

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Plants of the Western Slope Sept. 7, 2016

The water at Hart's Basin has gone down, but slowly, and it was very high this year. So, surprisingly the upper bed of cattails is still in bloom!

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Plants of the Western Slope August 31, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope August 31, 2016

My, but it's nice to be home again. I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington that included the varied thrush and the backyard chestnut-backed chickadee, the Caspian tern and the fantastic Harlequin duck. It was a marvelous time! Memories for a lifetime!

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Birds of the Western Slope August 24, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope August 24, 2016

I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but Linda Croft's Century Plant came into bloom ... spectacular! So now I'm resuming the Washington trip.

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Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope August 17, 2016

Well, I'm back home with a column that just won't wait! I was writing about my shorebird trip to the state of Washington, but the Century Plant at my friend's home in Cedaredge is in bloom -- spectacular!

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Birds of the Western Slope August 10, 2016

And here we are, walking along a boardwalk with lots of other birders. And it's starting to rain again (I think this is part of the local scene).

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Birds of the Western Slope July 27, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope July 27, 2016

How strange it all seems! I know that it's morning, but everything looks hazy . . . fog?

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Birds of the Western Slope July 20, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope July 20, 2016

I know that this is not going to sit well with our leader, but I want to experience this rain forest - alone! We are running late (very late) and the group is going to walk up to the fen to see the Pitcher Plants.

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Plants of the Western Slope July 6, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope July 6, 2016

There are, or were, three wasp nests along the front eaves of our home. Or rather, they were being built.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 22, 2016

They're everywhere! Scattered through the unmown field, along the ditch bank, and all along the edge of the highways -- Mountain Puffballs! The dandelion seed heads are so very small in comparison, for these are about four inches in diameter, much larger than the flowers that preceded them.

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Birds of the Western Slope-Herons
Birds of the Western Slope-Herons

Great Blue Heron

There he goes again ... flying toward the Grand Mesa. I've often wondered, is he flying homeward? Is he out to raid someone's fish pond? Or has he eaten already and just headed for his roost?

This bird appears regularly and I always wonder.

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Plants of the Western Slope June 8, 2016

Along this familiar stretch of road there were clumps of Jim Hill Mustard last week. And here they are, still in full bloom!

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Birds of the Western Slope June 1, 2016

The phone just rang ... it was Jim Wallace, our most-reliable craniac. He said there are cranes at Hart's Basin. He said that there are 10.

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Birds of the Western Slope May 25, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope May 25, 2016

The Grand Mesa is vanishing ... the clouds are moving in from the west and I can barely see Crag Crest. Now it's gone, too. And the mesa is all gray -- again!

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Birds of the Western Slope May 18, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope May 18, 2016

I'm looking out of our front window ... And here's Lewis. I usually call this bird "Lewis" although know that it is properly, Lewis' Woodpecker.

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Plants of the Western Slope May 4, 2016

Yes. Five separate petals and lots of stamens: That fits the rose family. And most of the lovely blossoming fruit trees in our area fit that description, too. Luckily, our delightful blossoming trees have not been frostbitten. Yet.

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Birds of the Western Slope April 27, 2016

I pull off of N Road into the widened area where the Black Canyon Audubon sign depicts our shorebirds. They've already begun to arrive: pelican and ibis, avocets and godwits.

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Plants of the Western Slope April 20, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope April 20, 2016

It's that time again! Purple mustard is everywhere! I am tired of writing about weeds, but this one is too abundant to ignore.

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Birds of the Western Slope April 13, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope April 13, 2016

Yes! Spring is here! Our pelicans are back!

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Birds of the Western Slope April 6, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope April 6, 2016

There's a bird shadow across our driveway ... fairly large, so a hawk or a raven. And now there's the bird, landing in the west cottonwood tree. It settles in and the yellowing leaves flutter down.

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Plants of the Western Slope March 30, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope March 30, 2016

We're sitting here looking at the Grand Mesa with its storm clouds and swirling winds. But our greening lawn and the pasture across the road are bright with sunlight.

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Birds of the Western Slope March 23, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope March 23, 2016

What a difference a day makes! Yesterday there were cranes, cranes and more cranes. Today nothing. I can usually hear them calling from our back porch.

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Birds of the Western Slope March 16, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope March 16, 2016

And the time is NOW! As I admire Peter's photo, my mind races back to the spring of 2015, and then to all the springs before.

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Birds of the Western Slope February 17, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope February 17, 2016

During the first weeks of March these familiar birds begin arriving in our area. Keep your eyes and ears open and you might see or hear them.

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Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope February 10, 2016

Another gray day. I enjoy the view of the Grand Mesa from our dining room window but this morning the view is discouraging ... gray, gray, and more gray!

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Birds of the Western Slope February 3, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope February 3, 2016

The second day of February was "Groundhog Day." I've wondered for years about the groundhog and I just found www.stormfax.com/ghog.htm so now I know a bit more! Since this common rodent hibernates for the winter, its appearance indicates spring (well, sometimes).

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Birds of the Western Slope January 27, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope January 27, 2016

Another day of snow. I keep thinking of Mesquite, Nevada!

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Plants of the Western Slope January 20, 2016
Plants of the Western Slope January 20, 2016

I am weary of winter and it's only the middle of January! I could see the Grand Mesa yesterday but this morning it's only a mass-mess of clouds.

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Birds of the Western Slope January 13, 2016
Birds of the Western Slope January 13, 2016

Allen says, "Quick ...look at the pasture elm ... big bird!" I snatch the binoculars from the dining room table -- Big Bird!

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Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 30, 2015

The top of Grand Mesa has vanished -- again. I stepped out the back door a few minutes ago and that was far enough to know it is cold outside!

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Birds of the Western Slope December 23, 2015

But of course, it really isn't -- winter's only just begun. The Winter Solstice is the 21st of December which marks the shortest day of our year in the Northern Hemisphere, and we think of it as "winter."

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Plants of the Western Slope December 16, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 16, 2015

Over a year ago, I wrote a column on mistletoe. In my mind's eye, I was walking through an oak woodland in Wisconsin.

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Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope December 9, 2015

Today the sky is clear ... what a nice change! It's been gray day after day, but it isn't warmer.

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Birds of the Western Slope December 2, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope December 2, 2015

I've been watching the horses and sheep in the pasture across the road. It's a lovely day, doesn't look like November at all.

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Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 25, 2015

As we come through our driveway, we note that the Mahonia berries have darkened from red to ruby-red. The orange Pyrancantha berries seem brighter ... or is it that the landscape has become darker ... more gray than tawny?

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Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope November 18, 2015

Another "nothing" bush. But it's been a favorite of mine for years. We planted some right by the entrance to our yard a few years ago -- and found that I'm allergic to it!

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Birds of the Western Slope November 11, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope November 11, 2015

Where are the Cranes?

I wish I knew! The senior biologist for our Rocky Mountain Flock of Greater Sandhill Cranes, Rod Drewien, shared with me that the number of cranes at the Monte Vista Wildlife Refuge was much lower than it has been in the past.

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Birds of the Western Slope November 4, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope November 4, 2015

I'm driving along this county road that I've dubbed the "low road." It runs down this valley, paralleling Highway 65 that goes from Cedaredge to Delta.

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Plants of the Western Slope October 28, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope October 28, 2015

When we came to the Delta region, Allen and I wondered what the Grand Mesa might look like without the golden aspen leaves. During the past few days, I've watched the patches of aspen gold fade into aspen gray.

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Birds of the Western Slope October 21, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope October 21, 2015

If it sounds like a crow and walks like a crow, it's probably a crow. Well ... it might be a raven.

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Plants of the Western Slope October 7, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope October 7, 2015

We turn off of Highway 65 onto Myers Road. There's a lovely home right at the corner and just beyond it is a driveway into an adjacent field.

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Birds of the Western Slope September 30, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope September 30, 2015

There's plenty of bird activity in our tall cottonwoods. We have our Lewis' woodpeckers as usual, with lots of display flights, drilling and calling. But no nesting behavior.

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Plants of the Western Slope September 16, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope September 16, 2015

What a summer this has been! Fairly cool with lots of rain showers and fast growing weeds. There is still lots to see scattered along North Road and here is one of my favorites!

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Plants of the Western Slope September 9, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope September 9, 2015

2015 -- The Year of the Weed

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Birds of the Western Slope September 2, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope September 2, 2015

A flash of blue across the road ahead of me. Too large to be a bluebird ... maybe Steller's Jay? That's likely, since I'm driving along Highway 65 on top of the Grand Mesa, so I'm at the right elevation.

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Birds of the Western Slope August 19, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope August 19, 2015

And here he is! I've been keeping a close eye on our trumpet vine waiting to see our rufous hummingbird. Our usual hummers are the black-chin with the broad-tailed and the tiny calliope (the smallest of the small at 2 1/2 inches long) at higher elevations as on the Grand Mesa.

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Birds of the Western Slope August 12, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope August 12, 2015

This is another cloudy August day. I'd like more sun, thank you! But the weather will be what the weather will be.

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Plants of the Western Slope August 5, 2015
Plants of the Western Slope August 5, 2015

I always find this drive exciting. We left Eckert (elevation about 6,000 feet) and now we're on top of Grand Mesa (elevation over 10,000 feet).

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Birds of the Western Slope July 29, 2015
Birds of the Western Slope July 29, 2015

Starling

I sit here at our dining room table enjoying the view of the Grand Mesa -- sun and shadow. Always captivating. But there's movement at the top of the east cottonwood tree in our front yard.

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