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.
Overall, I managed to identify and report to ebird.org 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.