It was freezing cold, with frost and ice on the path and edges of the water. A handful of YELLOW and WHITE CROWNED SPARROWS boldly dug in the grass next to the path, only moving when I stopped to take pictures.
I was surprised to see many VARIED THRUSH in the area - I don't recall seeing them there before. I've seen many more of them this year than ever before!
A flock of CHESTNUT BACKED CHICKADEES and YELLOW RUMPED WARBLERS included five TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS.
|Great Blue Heron|
The GREAT BLUE HERON was in his usual spot where the trail splits --you can see the frost on the grass, there was also a bit of ice on the water near him.
Out on the water, MALLARDS were looking pretty with their green heads glowing in the winter sun.
More ducks are coming in every week, hundreds and hundreds of them, all kinds. What a treat!
As I reached the head of the trail, a little movement at the base of a tree caught my eye - I glimpsed a PACIFIC WREN. You gotta know that Wrens are among my favorite birds -- all of them! So I snuck around hoping to get better views and, wow, there were two of the little guys! One of them decided I was no threat, and after a brief scolding, hopped out onto the tree trunk for a nice photo shoot!
|Pacific Wren - the Scolding|
|Pacific Wren - Photo Shoot 1|
|Pacific Wren - Photo Shoot 2|
A couple of poses... then he was done.
|Pacific Wren - Done Posing!|