Back in 2004 I was living on Jekyll Island, Georgia and though not a birder, I saw my lifer Brandt. It was found in the adjacent soccer field of my workplace by a visiting birder and stuck around for three weeks. I've thought about that Brandt over the years and wondered when I would see another, this time in the scope of a birder's eye. That moment presented itself when a Brandt was reported on Hout's Reservoir near Loveland, Colorado.
Just like my previous Brandt, it was an easy spot. This time I didn't even need to park the car before seeing it by the lake's edge with three Canada Geese. The group seemed a little wary of my presence so they went into the water but keep near the shoreline. I spent some time watching them paddle out to a structure on the lake before leaving.
It was a beautiful morning and good to see an old friend again. Thanks little Brandt for making my day.