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Birding the Bohart Ranch with Ted Floyd

27–28 May 2005

Ted Floyd, editor of American Birding Association’s Birding, led a Colorado Field Ornithologists' trip to the 48,000-acre Bohart Ranch located southeast of Colorado Springs. In an innovative partnership with the Colorado State Land Board, The Nature Conservancy of Colorado named an experienced and conservation-minded rancher, Dick Tanner, to sublease the Bohart Ranch. The high-quality, sand-sage prairie supports numerous grassland bird species, reptiles, a healthy prairie dog town, and a diverse array of other wildlife and it is a working cattle ranch. With the Spanish Peaks to the south and Pike's Peak to the west, the vast, open prairie is reminiscent of the state before it was settled. Below are some scenes from the ranch. Click on photos to enlarge.

 

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Bohart Ranch vista to the west with Pike's Peak in the background, 28 May


Bohart Ranch sand-sage prairie, 28 May


Members of the group admiring the prairie diversity, 28 May


Leader, Ted Floyd, in center spotting a target bird species, 28 May


All the birders are "on the bird," 28 May


Prairie Evening Primrose (Oenothera albicaulis), 28 May


Horned Lark, 28 May


Horned Lark, 28 May


Spiderwort (Tradescantia occidentalis), 28 May


Wild or Sand Onion (Allium textile), 28 May


Sand Verbena (Abronia fragrans) and Blue Gramma Grass (Chondrosum gracile), 28 May


Needle and Thread Grass (Stipa spp.) and Sand Sage (Oligosporus filifolius), 28 May


Narrow-leaved Penstemon (Penstemon angustifolius), 28 May


Scaled Quail from a far, 28 May


Western Kingbird, 28 May


Great Horned Owl fledglings, 28 May


Wood Pewee, 28 May


Scarlet Gaura (Gaura coccinea), 28 May


Lizard impaled on cedar branch by Loggerhead Shrike, 28 May


Another lizard impaled on tree branch by Loggerhead Shrike, 28 May


A large grasshopper impaled on tree branch by Loggerhead Shrike, 28 May


The probable culprit! Loggerhead Shrike on wire watching us inspect his/her food stash, 28 May


Live lizard nearby, 28 May


Scaled Quail from a far, 28 May


Dung Beetles at work, 28 May


Prairie Thistle (Cirsium canescens), 28 May


Prairie Thistle blossom (Cirsium canescens), 28 May


Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia macrorhiza), 28 May


Plains Cactus (Opuntia polyacantha), 28 May


Lark Bunting, state bird of Colorado, 28 May

 

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