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Birds that winter in Colorado Springs and tend to be more noticeable in the winter season.
Author: stirwise (Kerry Lannert) Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic
- Small, energetic, acrobatic bird
- Relatively tame and bold; often seen at feeders, and usually investigates new feeders before other birds
- Scolding call is a "chick-a-dee-dee-dee"; song is a simple two notes
- Survives cold winter nights by going into torpor
Author: Jonathon Jongsma. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
- Winter bird in Colorado Springs; survives on Juniper berries
- In shape, looks something like a slender robin or a long-tailed bluebird
- Frequently perches on top of pine tree and makes short whistles
- Runs on flat surfaces much like a robin does
Author: Saforrest. Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported
- Tends to be at mid-level of vegetation; blue and white plumage of this medium-sized songbird may be obscured by leaves
- Loud, harsh call is the easiest way to identify
- Sometimes imitates Red-tailed Hawk
- Will come to feeders
Author: Rick Leche. Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 Generic
- Larger than American Crow, with larger beak and wedge-shaped tail
- Acrobatic flier; superior in flight to American Crows and Red-tailed Hawks, with which it often contests
- Call is a throaty croak, more resonant than the caw of a crow
- Male is larger than female. Frequently seen in pairs; they often display affection by touching each others' beaks.
- Usually displays confident stance, in contrast to American Crow which often shows nervous, twitchy body language
Great Horned Owl
Author: Brendan Lally. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic
- Very strong predator with well-tuned senses
- Have been known to visit CC campus and attempt nesting near Monument Creek
- Listen for the "Who who who WHO are you" series of hoots
- So-called horns are tufts of feathers
- Look for regurgitated pellets at the base of trees in the area where owls are observed
Author: Mike’s Birds. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic
- Tiny, acrobatic bird, often seen around houses and CC campus.
- Flock movement is similar to a cloud of gnats travelling along lines of bushes or trees.
- Birds are rather tame. If you stand in the path of the flock, they may pass very near you.
- Female has yellow eyes
- Eats insects and spiders; also berries, seeds, and suet.
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