Sunday, December 7, 2008

Birds of the Prairie

Living near Colorado's Pawnee National Grasslands gives me lots of opportunities to see spectacular birds. Last summer a large bird, we believe it was a Golden Eagle, picked a fence post along our dirt driveway to rest on. bird golden eagle prairie ColoradoThe eagle was on this post for what seemed like two weeks. We thought maybe he was suffering from a rattlesnake bite on his foot, as it looked swollen. He would let us drive slowly by and not fly away. Finally though he went on his way.

Two springs ago, this amazing peacock wandered near our chicken flock.
bird peacock
We live miles from the nearest neighbor, surrounded by grasslands and corn fields, so to see this peacock was pretty unusual. After inquiring around town, no one claimed him, so we adopted him and named him Pete. He produces great feathers every summer, which we collect each fall as he sheds them. He's a character to say the least !


Valerie said...

WOW~ That pecock is beautiful!

Nora said...

How awesome to have all that excitement...right in your backyard! Thanks for sharing!