Monday, October 18, 2010

First Few Days in Colorado

On Saturday, my wife Stephanie and I flew into Denver for a 10 day vacation in Colorado. We will be spending 7 days in Vail and then 3 days in Estes Park. Our flight arrived at 8:15am, and we headed straight to Chatfield State Park. It is a beautiful park that has a huge reservoir. We immediately noticed a large number of grebes on the lake. While most were Western, I was able to find one Clark's, a lifer for me!

Due to the time of day, there were not very many birds around. Our highlight other than the Clark's Grebe was a large number of American White Pelicans.

American White Pelican

Our next stop was Red Rocks Park on the west side of Denver. This park has some of the most amazing scenery that I have ever seen. Since it was the middle of the afternoon on a Saturday, there were people everywhere and no birds to be found. But the fantastic views more than made up for the lack of birds!

Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park

Red Rocks Park

Below are a couple of my favorite pictures that my wife took while we drove west to Vail, one of a chipmonk that I have yet to identify, and a picture of a very cool Steller's Jay!

I-70 West of Denver

I-70 West of Denver

Some type of chipmunk.

Steller's Jay
-Rob

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