Birdwatching

BIRDWATCHING AT BLUFF LAKE

Our beautiful birding hotspot has encouraged a large and active community of birders, who have helped identify 219 different bird species at Bluff Lake! We hope you will enjoy our free resources, videos, monthly bird walks, virtual activity series, and the Bluff Lake Bird Store.

What’s New?

Monthly bird walks are currently taking place during select months, announced on a case-by-case basis during the first week of the month. Contact Bluff Lake Birder George Ho, Jr., at hogeorge@yahoo.com for ongoing updates.

Additions to this page during December 2020 include a new species sighting (Ross’s Goose, Kenna Sue Trickey), a board game recommendation for bird-lovers (Wingspan, Carla Salva Lewis), and the debut of an original short story (The Vole and the Hawk, George Ho, Jr.). Read on to learn more!

Recently Spotted

The list of species spotted at Bluff Lake is always growing! Introducing our 3 most recent additions:


Ross’s Goose
Spotted  12/14/20
by Kenna Sue Trickey

Bonaparte’s Gull
Spotted  11/15/20
by Michael Crane

Golden-crowned Sparrow
Spotted  11/8/20
by Jeff Dawson

Birding Checklists

Printable Checklist: The Birds of Bluff Lake
This checklist is great to carry with you while birdwatching at Bluff Lake! It lists all the different bird species ever spotted on site, each along with information about the best habitat and best season to find them. Download it here, or pick one up at the welcome kiosk when you arrive. Last updated March 2021.

eBird’s List of Sightings at Bluff Lake
eBird is a collaborative effort of citizen birders worldwide, organized and maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Updated daily, these lists name all the birds spotted at various birding “hotspots” around the world – including here at our very own Bluff Lake Nature Center!

Bird ID Tips for Beginner Birdwatchers

This 3-minute informative video was developed by SWCA Environmental Consultants in partnership with Bluff Lake Nature Center. Doug Faulkner, avid birder and Senior Biologist at SWCA Environmental Consultants, discusses some basic tips for bird identification, as well as how to use local resources to help you. The Birds of Bluff Lake Checklist is featured, along with some advice about how to put it to its best use!

Get Involved!

Monthly Bird Walks
These FREE, expert-guided walks are open to public year-round! Walks take place 8-10 AM at Bluff Lake the first Saturday each month. To help us anticipate attendance and make plans for social distancing practices, please email George Ho at hogeorge@yahoo.com if you plan to attend. Photo Credit: Denver Front Porch, December 1, 2019.

 

All About Birds: Virtual Activity Series
This free, self-paced virtual program has something to offer for all ages! Choose from among a variety of  bird-related videos, fact-sheets, crafts, games, and activities geared for kindergarteners through adults. Content created by Bluff Lake educators is also supplemented by external links to other bird-focused organizations.

 

Wingspan Board Game
This award-winning game was released in 2019 by Elizabeth Hargrave with Stonemaier Games. For 1-5 players ages 10+, the game challenges you to use habitat actions to discover and attract the best birds to your wildlife preserve. Brought to our attention by Bluff Lake Birder Carla Salva Lewis, the game is also recommended by Executive Director Rachel Crouch. Video Instructions

The Vole and The Hawk – A Short Story

This photojournalistic piece by George Ho, Jr. walks us through the experience of a hawk’s hunt observed at Bluff Lake on November 8, 2020. George not only narrates the photo series, but also invites you to join him in philosophical reflection about nature’s cycle of life and death. Get started here, then click to advance the pages.

Bird Day Interview with George Ho

Birder and nature photographer George Ho, Jr., M.D., is interviewed by Bluff Lake Education Manager Heidi Pfeiffer, Ph.D., as he takes us on a photo tour of 21 different birds of Bluff Lake. Recorded on May 6, 2020, this interview was premiered as part of Bluff Lake’s 2020 Virtual Bird Day.

Rare and Elusive Birds with George Ho

Back by popular demand, George Ho, Jr., M.D., returns for another interview about his birding and nature photography at Bluff Lake, again with Education Manager Heidi Pfeiffer, Ph.D. This concise video covers the first 10 birds, and the full-length interview is also available HERE. Recorded on September 29, 2020, this video premiered as part of Bluff Lake Wine & Zoom 2020.

THE BLUFF LAKE BIRD STORE

Autographed Photo Book

Don’t miss out on this beautiful compilation of stunning photographs! In this 8×11 inch, 111-page collection, George Ho has captured the landscapes, birds, and animals of Bluff Lake across the full year of 2018. For a limited time, George will personally autograph each book!

100% of proceeds are donated to Bluff Lake Nature Center! Scroll to the bottom of this page for prices, delivery options, and order form.

Wooden Birdhouse or Nest Box Building Kit

Transform your yard or garden into a haven for our feathered friends! Receive the pre-cut wooden pieces and instructions you need to build your own nest box, or receive a wooden bird house that is already fully built, courtesy of Steve Lundt, Bluff Lake Board of Directors. See our Birdhouse Info Sheet for tips on where to hang your birdhouse and how to make your yard bird-friendly!

100% of proceeds are donated to Bluff Lake Nature Center! Scroll to the bottom of this page for prices, delivery options, and order form.

Prices

$85     Autographed photo book + Wooden birdhouse or nest box kit

$75    Autographed photo book

$25       Wooden birdhouse or nest box kit

Delivery Options

Depending on your distance from our offices, we can personally deliver the items to your home, send them via U.S. Mail, or arrange a time for you to pick them up at our offices (4760 Oakland St. #200, Denver, CO 80239). Please indicate your preference on the order form, or call 720-708-4147 to discuss delivery arrangements.

Place Your Order

1. Click PLACE ORDER button below to reach the Bluff Lake Donation form.

2. Fill out the form and use the “special instructions or comments” box to tell us your name, which item(s) you are ordering, mailing address, and delivery preferences.

3. Click “Add to Cart,” then “Proceed to Checkout.”

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