Photography by J.D. Magers

House Wren

Added on by J.D. Magers.

Last Friday was my Birthday.  I took the day off.  I needed it.  A few hours of me time is a must have.  What better way to spend the day then to go to Barr Lake and do a little birding.  I didn't have any preconceived notions of what I wanted, instead just wanting to mosey in whatever direction my feet took me, and taking my time.  I was in no hurry, not needing to come home to run errands or go to the store to get something for lunch.  

Anyway, I was hoping to have great light in order for me to practice my bird ID skills.  I didn't get it, as Friday morning was very overcast. Everything I saw through the binoculars, and everything I shot with my camera was gray.  Like more than 18% gray.  I kept walking though, hoping the sun would manage to burn through the clouds.  As you can see, sometime patience and perseverance pays off.  I had seen three (previously unknown to me) birds flying around a next near the beginning of the trail.  I got some decent images of them, but I'm going to need to lighten all of them.  A little later, I happened to spot this guy not ten feet in front of me.  I got one shot off before he flew away.  Lucky indeed.  Then it took me a day and a half of trying to figure out what he was.  You can tell, there aren't many identifying features on these birds.  I finally found an image on my ID app that sort of made me think this is a House Wren, which is very common in Colorado.  My ID was confirmed by a fellow birder in the Front Range Wildlife Photographer's group on Facebook.

House Wren, Barr Lake State Park, Adams County, Colorado.

Overall, I managed to identify and report to 17 different bird species.  This isn't bad, considering I am still very much a beginner.  I even got another up close image a little later on.  It was a new species to me as well.  I'll post that image on Wednesday.  Until then, Happy BIrding.