During our visit to Tyson’s family we happened to have dinner with Jackie, Jen’s sister, to celebrate her birthday and she mentioned that she was starting to bird and that Jen had referred her to my web page. A couple of days later she called and asked if we would like to go birding with her to a spot where I had never birded (there are a lot of places like that in Colorado). We agreed to meet the next morning.
It turned out to be a great place to bird with a wide variety of birds, like this Eastern Kingbird,
this Eurasian Collared-Dove,
a personal favorite, this Blue Jay (not a Stellar, Scrub, or Canada jay —sometimes referred to as Blue Jays by non-birders),
and this Western Wood-Pewee, a bird I wouldn’t have recognized if it hadn’t been called out by a better birder than I am (and confirmed by Merlin).
Surprisingly, these weren’t my favorite sightings of the day.