Shaun Putz and I departed Flag at 10:30 p.m., Thursday night in hopes of seeing the RNWR discovered at Bosque del Apache last Sunday. We drove all night, arriving at precisely first light and started our wait for the bird to make its appearance. And we waited, and we waited, and we waited.
I'm usually very optimistic about finding birds, even after hope seems lost after a lot of effort with no results. But, by 5:00 p.m., after 11 hours in the grilling sun, I was pretty convinced the bird was gone after it hadn't "really" been detected since the previous day at noon. It must have been the sun stroke talking.
I learned that I can be wrong too, sometimes, and at 5:00 p.m., this beautiful little bird came strutting onto the mud-flat and put on a wonderful show, whomping on crayfish, taking a bath, preening and stretching.
For ABA listers, this is a one-time event, this won't happen again any time soon, so I am very happy about this one.
Shaun is a great birder and traveling companion, so I was glad to have the opportunity to do this with him.