Rare Tropical Birds Spotted Nearby Boulder!
Last weekend, some lucky members from the AboutBoulder website spotted the Western Tanager, which is a bird not commonly spotted in Colorado. These birds migrate to the western part of the United States during the summer, typically looking for juniper or pine forests at low elevations. Luckily, Boulder is surrounded by forests that match exactly these descriptions, and the birds found them to be an adequate stop on their western journey. It is also breeding season, giving these birds an especially beautiful color. Typically during winter, they’re yellow and brown. During their summer breeding season, however, these birds dress to impress. Their head turns a stylish orange-red tint accompanied by beautiful black wings accented with white stripes. If Vogue magazine did an issue on summer bird fashion, these birds would probably get an entire three-page article.
Now, I know what you’re thinking: “Where do I find these magnificent birds? Where can I take a picture of these fashionistas for my Instagram?” Luckily, we’re bird experts here at AboutBoulder (thanks Google!), and we can tell you exactly where to spot these magnificent animals of flight. They typically forage around the upper branches of trees looking for insects, invertebrates, berries, spiders, and fruits. People typically don’t look towards the tops of trees, however, so it’s important to keep your ears open for the bird’s songs and calls. The birds that were spotted recently were found at Betasso Preserve, which is a beautiful place to go on a casual mountain bike ride or a hike. So if you decide to go there, even if you don’t see the birds, you’ll still get to experience the magnificent mountain vistas! Betasso Preserve can be found by traveling west on Boulder Canyon Drive, and its parking lot lies just before the tunnel. Happy bird watching!