Plans A and B

Plan A on almost any given weekend is to go on some adventure with my wife. Plan B, if she wants to stay home, is to go birding. My Plan B today was to drive up to the little town of Ward in the mountains west of Boulder to see some cool birds that have been hanging around. My wife surprised me by deciding to come along.

We took a back way through the mountains past the town of Nederland. Ward itself is so small that I literally missed it. I drove by and had to turn around. I’m not sure I would have found the feeder where the birds have been seen if I didn’t happen to see two other birders standing along the road.

For most of the next 45 minutes, my wife sat in the car and read while I stood along a surprisingly-busy, icy road and watched flocks of Pine Grosbeaks and Brown-capped and Gray-crowned Rosy-Finches in the yard of a little shack. Much of the time the birds were high in the trees, which wasn’t helpful because it was very overcast and they were silhouetted against the gray clouds. The did fly down to lower perches and to the ground, so I managed to get good looks and a few good photos.

Male Pine Grosbeaks

Female Pine Grosbeak

Brown-capped Rosy-Finch

We took the shorter way out of the mountains, which meant we had to go through Boulder. We stopped in Golden and picked a restaurant at random. It turned out to be a good choice.

The sandwich was a patty melt with lamb, and it was very good. We split it and the waffles. I didn’t care for them much, but my wife liked them.

After eating, we strolled up and down the main street and along the trail along Clear Creek. We stopped in a few stores, but didn’t buy much.

It was a lot of driving, but we had fun and saw some very cool birds.

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