Campground Wildlife

Immature bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) taking off from a tree and startling some European starlings (Sturnus vulgaris) on the left.

We spent time exploring wildlife management areas and state parks nearby over the last couple days, but we have seen the most wildlife in our campground. The KOA Glenwood West/Colorado River KOA is located in Silt, Colorado on the Colorado River. There are nature walking trails through some of the undeveloped habitat along the river. We have seen an abundance of wildlife in that habitat. I have seen deer regularly. I found a broad-tailed hummingbird nesting. Another camper told me he saw three mink one morning and there is a beaver nearby. We haven’t seen either yet, but we are on the lookout.

Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) doe with a chunk out of her ear.
Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina). When this grasshopper jumps, it spreads wings that look like a butterfly. I thought I was seeing butterflies, but when the insects landed, it was this grasshopper.
Eurasian collared-dove (Streptopelia decaocto) male on the left courting a female on the right.
Two American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos) having a conversation.
Broad-tailed hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) sitting on a nest. I found this female on my first walk through the nature trails and we have been trying to photograph her since. She is high up in a tree.
I believe this is a type of meadowhawk dragonly but I am not sure which one.
Northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens). Most northern leopard frogs are green and there is a plains leopard frog that is often brown. Our guy was clearly outside the range of the plains leopard frog, so we are assuming it is a brown version of the northern leopard frog.
Immature bald eagle taking off with a European starling to the left.

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