September 2013 Association Meeting

NewsThe Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association will meet at 7:00 PM, Wednesday, September 4th in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey.

Along with regular reports, plans for fall activities will be discussed and finalized.

All members and those interested are encouraged to attend.

For additional information call Danny Colligan at 303-838-1004 or Ken Perdew at 303-838-7768.

Looking for a Great Horse?

Danni1Danzer’s Phinalle (Danni) is an AHA Registered Bask-bred Purebred Arabian Mare.  She is Bay and a very young – 23 years old, foaled 6/28/1990.  She stands at 15’.  She is extremely level headed and rides English and Western.  She is excellent on the extremely technical mountain trails that we ride her in; crosses water with no problem. She moves very well off the leg.  She is sensitive and very responsive, which makes her easy and fun to ride.  She has a beautiful floating gait, but has a fast trot, and is extremely sensitive to leg ques.  She is a very good mover, which makes her not suitable for a beginner rider.  She clips, ties, bathes, loads, and stands for the farrier.  She was on the track as a 4 year old, and has been shown with distinction.  A confident intermediate rider with a trainer would be fine on her, but she has enough ‘go’ to keep a more advanced rider entertained.  She would make someone an excellent endurance prospect. She is great with ground work, and very respectful.  She is extremely easy to train and work with as she is smart, sensitive, and wants to please. Danni2  She is not an alpha-mare, in a herd she is always at the bottom of the pecking order.  She avoids drama and is quiet and gets along well with other horses.  Danni is up to date on all shots/worming and trims (she is currently shod) and she has no health or soundness problems.  I really love this mare and will only sell her to a loving experienced horse person.   If interested, contact Cristina at cristina.burk@q.com or call (303) 816-7116.

To see more pictures of the ECHPOA corral and boarded horses, go to the Horses page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.

Our Resident Bull Moose

Moose_0137Cristina Burk was able to take some great pictures of the Bull Moose that has been hanging around our neighborhood creeks.  To see many more of her awesome pictures, go to the Moose page under the Photo Gallery menu option above.  Thank you Cristina for sharing your pictures with us!

Hummingbirds

This wonderful picture of a hummingbirdhummingbird 08-11-2013 was taken and sent to me by Jane Johnson at her bird feeder near Elk Creek Drive.  She has inspired me to learn more about hummingbirds and I spent my day surfing the internet for information!

There are about 10 species of hummingbirds that travel through Colorado.  The 4 most common species are the Broad-tail, Calliope, Black-Chinned and Rufous.  Hummingbirds migrate into Colorado late April and depart early September as they start their migration back to warmer climates.  The male birds will arrive about 3 weeks before the females to find a territory that will attract the females upon their arrival and will fight off other males for a good location.

Hummingbirds are very small and normally peaceful, but fearlessly protect their territory.  The largest hummingbird we see in Colorado is the Blue-throated which can weigh 8.4g and the smallest is the Calliope weighing only 2.5g.  Hummingbirds can flap their wings 53 times per second, and will eat up to five times their body weight every day to keep up their energy to do so.  Hummingbirds feed on flower nectar, insects and feeders.  Many believe that they can live 3 to 4 years.

We have heard that you should bring your feeders in after Labor Day to encourage the birds to migrate before the winter sets in.  However, migration is a response to hormonal or chemical changes which are triggered by decreasing sunlight.  Research shows that there is nothing we can do to make the hummingbirds stay too long and it is not necessary to stop feeding them to force them to fly south.  On the contrary, hummingbirds need to gain weight to survive the long journey ahead of them.  They will begin to intensely feed several weeks before they migrate.  A female may add 25-40% more weight while the smaller male will nearly double their normal weight in order to survive the flight.  If any other, larger bird gained that much weight, they would not be able to get off the ground.  Hummingbirds may need to fly approximately 600 miles without re-fueling.  It is estimated that it may take 22 hours to fly that distance, depending on whether they have headwinds to make the trip harder or tailwinds to make it easier.  Experts suggest leaving your feeders out at least 1 to 2 weeks after you have seen the last hummingbird.  This will also help the sick or injured birds that are unable to leave on schedule to continue to feed before they migrate and perhaps after the flowers have stopped blooming.  You may also want to put your feeders out early in the spring as the males may begin to arrive before the flowers begin to bloom.

Fill your hummingbird feeders with 4 parts water to 1 part white granulated sugar and never use honey or artificial sweeteners as these can cause fatal infections in the birds.  You may boil the mixture, cool, and place in the refrigerator to use as needed.  Replace the sugar water in your feeders every 3-5 days.  You may want to fill your feeders only ½ full, as fewer hummingbirds begin to appear.  Clean your feeders at least once a week and never use soap, just hot water and brushes.  With today’s bright red feeders it is not necessary to use food coloring to attract hummingbirds.  The 4 to 1 water sugar mixture will not begin to freeze until the outside temperature dips below 27° F.

Hummingbirds do not migrate in flocks, they fly alone.  They may do this for several reasons, one being that they are so small it is difficult for predators to see them, and a flock would make for a better target.  Another reason may be for feeding efficiency during migration.  Hummingbirds usually stay low to the ground, just above treetops, or skimming water.  It is believed they fly this way to keep and eye out for insects or nectar during their journey.  Hummingbirds generally fly during the day and sleep at night, unless there is no place to land and they must keep going.  Fishermen have reported seeing hummingbirds 200 miles away from land, flying low over the water towards the shore.  Migration lasts anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks and the hummingbirds fly an average of 20 to 25 miles per day.

To learn more and to see where I found this information, please go to the following websites:

http://info.teammurphyrealty.com/bid/50392/RETURN-OF-THE-HUMMINGBIRDS-TO-COLORADO

http://rismedia.com/2011-08-22/5-ways-to-help-hummingbirds-during-their-fall-migration/

http://www.worldofhummingbirds.com/migration.php

http://www.hummingbirds.net/about.html