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A Photo Gallery of
Some Birds & Other Nature

during the FONT April 2005 Tour
in Colorado & nearby States

The following photographs by the tour participant, 
Rick Greenspun of Sarasota, Florida, USA. 

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A Bighorn Sheep, Ovis canadensis, 
in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

An American White Pelican, Pelecanus erythrorhynchos
with an obvious breeding knob,
on a lake in southern Wyoming.   

An adult Ferruginous Hawk, Buteo regalis,
in southeastern Colorado.
During our April '05 tour, we also saw the species in Kansas.
In northwestern Colorado, we saw a juvenile.

This species, mostly of the American Plains, 
is now designated as "near-threatened" by Birdlife International.
As is the Long-billed Curlew, also seen during our tour.
Other birds of the plains that we saw, 
the Mountain Plover, and the Lesser Prairie-Chicken (below)  
are also now in the "threatened" category. 

A Lesser Prairie Chicken, Tympanuchus pallidicinctus, 
at a lek, early in the morning, in southwestern Kansas. 

Two Lesser Prairie Chickens facing each other at the lek.

A Greater Prairie Chicken, Tympanuchus cupido,
in the afternoon atop an irrigation device,
in northeastern Colorado.   
Three photos follow of Greater Prairie Chickens
where they displayed during the early morning in an alfalfa field.

A Red-naped Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus nuchalis,
 (above &below)

in northwest Colorado. 
In the lower photo, the red nape is visible.   

A male Mountain Bluebird, Sialia currucoides,
one of many seen in Colorado 
during our April '05 tour.

A Sage Thrasher, Oreoscoptes montanus, 
perched in the first sunlight of the day,
in the sage country of northwestern Colorado.  

A Green-tailed Towhee, Pipilo chlorurus,
in northwestern Colorado.

A Brewer's Sparrow, Spizella passerina,
in northwestern Colorado. 

A Chestnut-collared Longspur, Calcarius ornatus,
in northeastern Colorado.

McCown's Longpur, Calcarius mccownii,
(above & below)

on the ground close to us, in southern Wyoming. 


A Brown-capped Rosy-Finch, Leucosticte australis,
on the ground by us in northern Colorado.
This species as a breeder is nearly endemic to Colorado. 
Some also nest in a limited area of southern Wyoming.
In the winter, the species occurs in a third state, 
with some in northern New Mexico.  

A male Cassin's Finch, Carpodacus cassinii, 
at a feeder in southern Wyoming.

A male Red Crossbill, Loxia curvirostra,
eating sunflower seeds at a bucket used as a feeder
in southern Wyoming.  
Throughout Eurasia and North & Central America, 
there are 19 subspecies of the Red Crossbill.
That of Colorado & adjacent Wyoming is L. c. vividior.   

A male Evening Grosbeak, Coccothraustes coccothraustes,
in southern Wyoming.

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