The cloud cover was back, and warmer air came with it. I saw the trio of deer again, but it was still too dark for my camera to work this morning. Instead, here’s another picture from yesterday morning when there was a little bit more light.
Along the river, I heard the kingfisher again, but I couldn’t get a good picture, so here’s a better one from yesterday. She had just come out of the water after a dive that appeared to bear no fruit. Recall that the air was 19°F at the time. She’s one tough little bird, eh?
I found this little red squirrel munching on a walnut just like his big grey cousins do, which is something I haven’t seen before. By that time, there was enough light, so this really is a picture from this morning.
Here he is again suggesting that I keep moving on up the trail. They’re small but feisty!
I didn’t see anything else worth a picture until the north end, where there were a bunch of house finches in the bushes at the water’s edge. Here’s a male, …
and here’s a female.
There were also a couple of golden-crowned kinglets, but they never hopped out of the bushes enough for me to get a shot. Instead, this junco was much more obliging.
The surprise for me, though, was that while I was trying to focus on all these little birds at my feet, a pair of red-tailed hawks were having an animated conversation in the tall trees across the river. They never came out in the clear, and they didn’t give me a lot of time, so this is all I managed, but it was fun to see two of them together like that. Another new sight for me.
Lastly, on a more-colorful note, here’s a goldfinch from yesterday who appears to be eating the tiny leaf buds off the little tree it is perched on.
I sure hope the tree has budgeted for that!