I drove all the way up north of Boulder on Saturday morning because a Short-eared Owl and Peregrine Falcon were the only birds of interest being reported in the state. The place I went was Lagerman Agricultural Preserve, maybe four square miles of pastureland surrounded by the creeping sprawl of suburbs. I walked five miles on muddy trails and saw nothing of note. (Except that, being near Boulder, 10 of the 15 people I passed were wearing masks—outside, in a huge field, where it was simple to keep many yards away from any other person.) The long drive home was unpleasant, with heavy traffic all the way from Boulder to the Springs. I was home, twitchy and stressed, by early afternoon. For all that, I did get a couple decent photos of an American Robin.

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