This morning in the back yard a Ruby-crowned Kinglet was flitting around in the oleander at warp speed, completely foiling any chance to get a decent photograph of it.
Then back to Hanna Park with a new set of hand-built wheels (thank you, Chris!): Velocity “Blunt” rims and DT Swiss 350 hubs. The trails were in excellent shape. My better half and I rode the South Loop, Z Trail, and E Trail non-stop, and then I bailed out to see what birds were around. The usual suspects were lurking about, including the Brown Pelican below, which was eventually chased off by a Double-crested Cormorant.
At the dock I met Michael, a photographer and bird enthusiast. We talked about what we’d seen at Hanna and elsewhere. After a bit, a Brown Pelican alighted on a pole in front of the dock. And as before, eventually a Double-crested Cormorant unseated it.
Back home this afternoon, a Hermit Thrush did its patented seven-second bath in the bubbler, thwarting any opportunity to photograph it. Twice. Then for good measure, the Ruby-crowned Kinglet did its usual flitting business in the oleander. Until I set up my camera on a tripod inside a blind in my back yard and wait for a few hours, this might be as good as it gets: