The Water Ouzel is a special bird that I have longed to see ever since I hiked up to Ouzel Falls in Rocky Mountain National Park more than four years ago. But I failed to see it then.
Actually, nowadays we call this songbird an American Dipper or by its scientific name, Cinclus mexicanus. But, like many people, I prefer to call it a Water Ouzel.
This spring, Sharon took to a swift-moving section of Boulder Creek to show me where she had seen one earlier. We didn’t see it that day or in the two or three times I went back there in the past six months. But I finally found it there last Wednesday:
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I was able to get close enough to use my camera’s internal flash, which was necessary because the sun had just gone down. Even though the light was poor and I didn’t capture the Water Ouzel in the water, I was pleased enough with this shot to send it to my friend Marveen. She in turn suggested that re-reading what John Muir had written about this unusual bird would be even more enjoyable for me now. It was.