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Coyotes
Category: Birding at the Chico

Birds are scarce but...

The coyote appears in Native American tales, often as being very savvy. Sometimes called prairie wolf, they once lived primarily in open prairies and deserts, but they now are found in forest and mountain habitats too. They have even colonized cities like Los Angeles.

They eat almost anything...rabbits, rodents, fish, frogs, insects, snakes, grass, carrion, bird eggs, and even Russian olive fruits. Pests to many, to others they are God's dog.  They can run up to 40 miles an hour, forming packs for effective hunting. This  individual was feeding withing 3 feet of 7 cows, each ignoring the others. 

Fans of coyotes should enjoy reading Skywater, a fable about Brand X and his fellow coyotes by Melida Worth Popham with a very sad ending. 

Posted by Bill M. on 01/27/2011

Virginia Rail - Marsh Specialist
Category: Birding at the Chico
Today, two rail species were seen well at the north end of Headquarters Pond, Sora and Virginia Rail.  Both individuals were heard calling first.  As long as there is running water, both species can winter in Colorado although the majority of both species migrate farther south. 
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 4 - Red-tailed Hawk
Category: Birding at the Chico
Most often seen perching in riparian areas where it perches and waits for small rodents to appear.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 3 - Prairie Falcon
Category: Birding at the Chico
The Prairie Falcon recently fed; notice the full crop.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 2 - Northern Harrier
Category: Birding at the Chico
Northern Harriers cruise slowly making low passes over wetland and grassland habitats during winter.  A few nest on the Chico in cattail marshes.
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

Winter Rodent Hunter 1
Category: Birding at the Chico
Posted by Bill M. on 01/08/2011

   
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