After wandering the Montrose Bird Sanctuary for 2 hours and only being teased by the lovely song of the American Goldfinch (you can listen here) I was starting to wonder if I would ever see one. It is like a camera is a magical bird-you-want-to-see repelling device.
Then Lo! Behold! A flicker of yellow out the corner of my eye. I see something dart by across the meadow into the copse of trees next to me. Could it be? Indeed I hear a Goldfinch break into song very close to me so I freeze (thankfully I was already holding my camera close to my face since silly me left the tripod at home.) A moment later a bright yellow dart zipped out of the trees to perch about 20 feet away on a brush branch right on the edge of the meadow. I was so struck by his beauty for a moment all I could was stand there with a silly grin on my face and enjoy his bright, cheerful song.
Then I realized, he was facing away from me.
But I will not be denied! I crept a little closer, making sure that I didn’t face him directly but only watching him out of the corner of my eye.
He let loose another barrage of song, and I clicked away with abandon.
Then he noticed me….
“Hey lady, whatcha doin’?”
He kindly gave me another couple of rounds of song…..
And yet another saucy (even if slightly-out-of-focus) look.
And then he was gone with a quick flitter of wings.
I was so very, stupidly happy. Not that they are rare or uncommon birds, but they can be hard to spot given their tiny stature and quick movements. As a child they were among the first birds I learned to identify and I have always adored their song.
I spent another hour just wandering the area to see what other sights it has to offer and was not disappointed, but I felt I was more or less done for the day. More and more birders and photographers were pouring into what is already a small area causing my people-phobia to kick in and I had not only spotted but photographed my target for the day. Happy and somewhat tired I trudged back to the bus stop for my hour long ride home, all the while planning my next trip.