Aspen Birding III:The Community Garden

Aspen Birding III:The Community Garden

When: August 2019                   Weather : hot and sunny 24C

Leica M10P summilux, Nikon P900, Sony RX10mk4

After we spent half an hour at Hallam Lake, Rebecca brought us to the Community Garden just on the outskirts of town, off the 82 where locals tend their allotments….a huge variety of plants and flowers were in full bloom and the birds and insects were naturally attracted…

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Behind this nondescript gate were many flowering plants…

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almost immediately we were assaulted by an explosion of colours in the sunlit garden

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oranges and purples, reds and yellows everywhere we looked

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we immediately saw lots of these little guys zipping around…

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They barely paused for a couple of seconds to perch and you had to be very quick with the camera

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the gorgeous Broad tailed hummingbird with its warm brown coloration

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the brown coloration on the side of the Broad Tailed HB easily seen here.

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just a most joyous encounter with this delightful hummingbird

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Broad Tailed hummingbird

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here zipping towards the camera

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and then perched on the wire…the other species …the Black-chinned hummingbird

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black chinned hummingbird without the ‘warm’ colours of the broad tailed HB

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black chinned HB feeding

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black chinned HB feeding

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and yes, there were some other birds too……orange crowned warbler with a not very orange crown

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and this delightful bird flitted around

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it was a green tailed towhee..another lifer

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greentailed towhee

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the green tailed towhee…at least this one is appropriately named!

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?immature chipping sparrow

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song sparrow

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western kingbird with breakfast

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another song sparrow?

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the abiding memory of this lovely tiny garden will surely be of the humming birds which challenge the glory of the blooms…

In birding we win some we lose some, the Aspen Community Garden was a big time winner!  We were there barely an hour and we had just the most spectacular encounters. This also illustrates the benefit of engaging a local guide who in the limited time we had showed us more than we could have hoped for!   Highly recommended.

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