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Front Range Birding Company leads free bird walks every month to various locations around the Denver Metro area and Boulder County. Read about where we’ve been and what we’ve seen on our blog.

September 9, 2023 Bird Walk to Old St. Vrain Road With Jamie Simo

Old St. Vrain Road in Lyons is a beautiful, scenic place for a leisurely bird walk. Because it’s flat and all paved, it’s perfect for those with mobility challenges, and, as a migrant trap, it can offer up some unexpected avian delights. Our small group met at the Heil Valley Ranch Picture Rock Trail parking…

August 12, 2023 Bird Walk to Lagerman Reservoir Open Sky Loop with Jamie Simo

As it says on the tin, the Lagerman Reservoir Open Sky Loop is almost completely open and without shade so it was a blessing that the morning of our walk was cloudy and relatively cool for August. It’s still a long walk though, and my hat’s off to those doughty birders who stuck it out…

July 8, 2023 Bird Walk to Heil Valley Ranch’s Lichen Loop with Jamie Simo

Unfortunately our guest bird walk leader wasn’t able to lead this month’s bird walk, but that just meant I had the pleasure instead! Heil Valley Ranch is one of the jewels of Boulder County’s open space program with over 100 bird species recorded there. Our group met at the main parking area at 8am to…

June 10, 2023 Bird Walk to Meyer’s Gulch with Jamie Simo

Well, we finally made it to Walker Ranch after last month’s aborted attempt! The Meyer’s Gulch trail is one of the best places for foothills birding in Boulder County. It’s also spectacular in the spring with its wildflowers and butterflies. This past Saturday the weather was warm and sunny, but not too hot. We couldn’t…

May 13, 2013 Bird Walk to Chatauqua Park and Gregory Canyon with Jack Strobel

Thank you to everyone who came to our trip on May 13th at Chautauqua Park! It was not the planned location, as we could not get to the Meyer’s Gulch Trail. Unfortunately, there was an accident on the mountain leading to the trail head and the rangers were asked to close the roads and even…

April 8, 2023 Bird Walk to Sawhill Ponds with Patrick Morgan

The bird walk on Saturday, April 8, at Sawhill Ponds was a great one! The weather was a perfect 60 degrees with minimal wind, which was quite the change from the snowstorm earlier this week. With the ponds thawed out and migration beginning to get underway, 10 birders joined the walk and were excited to…

March 11, 2023 Bird Walk to Pella Crossing with Jamie Simo

After scouting out Pella Crossing the day before on a very chilly and overcast Friday morning, it was a blessing to wake up to such a sunny, beautiful day on Saturday. Unsurprisingly, the majority of activity at Pella was at Webster Pond, which is set aside as an emergent wetland for native fish and is…

February 11, 2023 Bird Walk to Waneka Lake and Greenlee Preserve with Jamie Simo

After a very cold and windy Thursday scouting out Waneka Lake and Greenlee Preserve for February’s bird walk, it was a relief for Saturday’s sun and calm winds. While the lake was mostly frozen, there were a couple circles of open water and we were able to get decent looks at Green-winged Teal and a…

January 14, 2023 Bird Walk to Sandstone Ranch with Aron Smolley

Saturday, January 14th Bird Walk: Sandstone Ranch with Aron Smolley Kicking off 2023 with our first bird walk of the year, we returned to Sandstone Ranch and its variable habitats to boost our year list with some diversity. Although our target bird- the northern shrike- and several of the expected species, such as American tree…

December 10, 2022 Bird Walk to Milavec Reservoir with Jamie Simo

Milavec Reservoir in Frederick, CO has always been a reliable place for good, close views of ducks and geese in the winter. So I was initially disappointed that there weren’t more birds on the water when we climbed the steps from the parking lot. My disappointment didn’t last long, however. I guess the birds were…

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