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Ah, the Cabin Life

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Ah, the Cabin Life

Imagine yourself surrounded in the warmth of a log cabin, experiencing solitude and immersion in nature, while relaxing over a healthy gourmet meal presented with unique flare. After all you’ve earned it, because earlier that day you summited a wilderness mountain peak. This describes an experience that I just shared with a fun group of […]

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Winter Birds Abundant

Filed in Birding, Expert Articles by on November 12, 2013
Winter Birds Abundant

Some people think that birds are sparse around the Vail Valley in the wintertime. However, it’s all in where you look. Set out on a bird watching trip intending to visit several unique habitats, and you will be rewarded with seeing the specialized species that live in each environment. For instance, if we go to […]

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Where are all the Eagles in Eagle County?

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Where are all the Eagles in Eagle County?

Eagle County. Eagle River. Why are they named so? Because there are lots of eagles that live here. Where to look depends on whether you’re looking for a Golden Eagle or a Bald Eagle. In winter, they both live here. Golden Eagles like mountains and cliffs, while Bald Eagles like river courses. Consciously look, and […]

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The Amazing American Dipper Swims Throughout Winter

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The Amazing American Dipper Swims Throughout Winter

Fishermen see them. Kayakers and rafters see them. Walkers on the recreation path along Gore Creek see them. American Dippers are songbirds of clear, cold, fast running streams. Look for them on the edge of the ice, or on rocks at water level. Dippers are plump, dark gray, and stubby tailed. Dippers are active little […]

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Ten Coolest High-Country Birds

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Ten Coolest High-Country Birds

Summer birding in the Vail Valley is as diverse as its landscapes. No matter where you find yourself recreating, there are beautiful birds to be seen if you keep a keen eye out, and know where to look. Remember, each habitat hosts different birds, so think ahead about what you are likely to see, and […]

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Swallows Swallow Local Bugs

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Swallows Swallow Local Bugs

Walk outside on a sunny midsummer day and look skyward from an open vantage point. Chances are a swallow will fly through your field of vision within the first minute. Swallows look like miniature fighter-jets gliding and soaring over open spaces. Zooming around at high speed, they gobble up insects with wide-open mouths. They’ll commonly […]

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Springtime is the Season for Birdwatching

Filed in Birding, Expert Articles by on November 12, 2013
Springtime is the Season for Birdwatching

Springtime is the best season for birdwatching, because our summer residents begin to arrive and migrating species stop to rest. For the beginner, birdwatching can be intimidating, since there are more 1000 bird species found in the U.S. However, if you only birdwatch in Colorado, there are about 400 species found here; a little less […]

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Birds of Prey Occupy Unique Niches

Filed in Birding, Expert Articles by on November 12, 2013
Birds of Prey Occupy Unique Niches

While driving and spending time outdoors in the Vail Valley, it has become obvious that many hawk-like birds have arrived on the local scene. Watch for these many birds of prey either soaring or perched. These avian raptors include hawks, eagles, falcons, and vultures. Individual species occupy a specific niche. For instance, an osprey hunts […]

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Ptarmigans Molt With Season

Filed in Birding, Expert Articles by on November 12, 2013
Ptarmigans Molt With Season

One of the most difficult birds to find as a bird watcher is the white-tailed ptarmigan. This plump ground bird is more often stumbled across rather than “found” because it utilizes superb camouflage and holds perfectly still to keep it concealed. One usually discovers ptarmigans by nearly stepping on them. Imagine yourself enjoying a peaceful […]

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Magpies Deserve Respect

Filed in Birding, Expert Articles by on November 12, 2013
Magpies Deserve Respect

Spend any amount of time in the Vail Valley, and that flash of tuxedo white on black will catch your eye. The graceful, long tail gleams iridescent greens and blues. With a stately black bill and a sparkle in its eye, the Black-billed Magpie is difficult to ignore. Magpies are smart. They belong to a […]

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