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Birding Colorado Springs: More commonly seen birds

Birds commonly seen in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas.

More common birds

More of the birds that can commonly be seen in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas.

American Goldfinch

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  • Small songbirds. Males are noticeably bright yellow in spring andsummer, drab in fall and winter; females are drab all year
  • Rich voice quality is akin to that of the House Finch
  • Flies in a rollercoaster pattern
  • Often comes to feeders

Black-billed Magpie

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  • Announces its presence with raucous calls
  • Largish songbird is easily identified by long tail and white wing patches
  • Greenish blue on wingtips and green on tail may not be visible except in direct sunlight

Great Blue Heron

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  • Large bird that frequents both salt and freshwater bodies
  • Identified by size, blue-grey plumage, and snaky neck
  • Eats fish primarily, but preys opportunistically on other animals
  • Usually silent; harsh metallic voice only heard in distress or on nesting grounds.

Cooper's Hawk

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  • Medium-sized hawk that frequents the Colorado College campus and surrounding areas
  • Immature birds are streaky brown
  • Diet heavily dependent on birds
  • Can be confused with Sharp-shinned Hawk because of similar markings and size overlap (female Sharp-shinned Hawk may be close in size to male Cooper's Hawk)

Bushtit

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  • 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.

Common Raven

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  • 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

Blue Jay

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  • 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

Downy Woodpecker

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  • Small woodpecker, common in urban and suburban settings
  • Male has red spot on head (female pictured)
  • Has high-pitched, squeaky, angry-sounding voice: sharp chirps and a descending "laugh"
  • Will come to suet feeders in winter

Canada Goose

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  • Common and widespread, frequently seen on lakes and ponds, as well as on large lawn areas. Often considered a pest
  • Call is a loud honk
  • Flies in V formation
  • Varies in size. "Giant" Canada geese are the most common type in urban and suburban areas.

Barn Swallow

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  • Widespread and common bird of summer
  • Blue back, orange(ish) front
  • Often seen catching insects over water or at street intersections
  • Readily nests on human structures, including bridges and front door underhangs of supermarkets
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