It is not often that we see a blue heron by the St. Vrain River in Lyons. This one has wet feathers from dipping in the river for food. Local Hazel Choa Smith was able to capture it with its neck both relaxed and extended.
“We’re just fortunate that the heron seemed to like fishing near here,” said Hazel. “The first ones I took were horrible because he was too hidden behind vegetation. These new ones were rather okay so I shared them. I just moved here with my family last year so we are very excited to see various wildlife that weren’t possible for us to see in the city where we were from.”
The residents in Pinewood Springs had a fun time trying to figure out if this was a wolf or coyote, but after blowing up the photo, plus asking a nature expert, it was definitely a coyote travelling through the town.
by Crystal White
Hooded Merganser: “Mergansers are sticking around because of the proliferation of fathead minnows in the ponds,” said Greg Lowell. “From the original stocking in 2019, there were clouds of new ones off the beach this past summer.”
This “diva” hung around, posing many times for photographer Gosia Pisowicz. It was hard to pick which one was the cutest to share. You will see that the color of the fur in the two photographs looks like a different color, but it was because of the light. Gosia explains, “For the aspen one, I was crawling in snow and hiding behind the trees. The one by the bush was done from my deck a couple hours later when the sun came out. I felt like a sniper with my camera and long lens. I put a white coat on to blend with the snow but I think he still knew I was there.”
Moose generally stand over six feet tall and weigh between 600 and 1,600 pounds. Moose are often seen in the Rocky Mt. National Park, and will cause a traffic jam when spotted. They are usually found in the west side of the Park, but occasionally spotted in the wet areas on the east side. Gosia sees them among the aspens in her backyard, near Estes Park.
What is it? Some said it is a fox. Joy Bryant, who took the photo, says she has seen bobcats in her area near Estes Park, as well as coyotes. Cats have a fifth toe that is not seen in tracks and is called a dewclaw. While most of the time you will only see four cat claws (they’re retractable), they will show them if they need to gain traction, especially in the snow, says a person “who’s a hunter and tracker of bobcats, and mountain lions.” Three people jokingly said it was a raptor or something from Narnia. See the chart of track prints; what do you think it is?
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