Thursday, April 23, 2015

Gray Jays in Rocky Mountain National Park

Towards the end of January I had a trip to Estes Park in Colorado for work. On the last day of the trip we went snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ellen and I spent quite a bit of time in Rocky Mountain National Park when we lived in Denver, but this was the first time back in a couple of years.

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Dream Lake, Larimer County. January 23, 2015.

There weren’t a lot of birds at this time of the year, though Gray Jays made a pretty good showing. This is prime time for them, as they often actually start nesting in January. The cold is no problem for these mountain specialists.

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Gray Jay at Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County. January 23, 2015.

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Gray Jay at Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County. January 23, 2015.

I also had a few Steller’s Jays, Mountain Chickadees, and a Hairy Woodpecker, though needing to keep up with the crowd and having gloves on made it difficult for much photography. Here’s the whole gang at the end of the outing.

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Snowshoeing co-workers at Rocky Mountain National Park, Larimer County. January 23, 2015.

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