Out at dawn when it was just above freezing. First went to see the birds at the corner of San Jose Boulevard and University Boulevard:
Then to Nathan Krestul, where just a few Red-winged Blackbirds were making a lot of racket. A pair of Hooded Mergansers flew in. Here’s the male:
A Tri-colored Heron ran off a Little Blue Heron. Here’s the Tri-colored Heron, alone.
Sunset tonight was at 6:19 p.m. So guess who showed up for a bath in the bubbler at 6:10 p.m.? Yep, the elusive Hermit Thrush. I rested the camera lens against the window frame in the kitchen and shot straight through the (tinted) glass. It came back at 6:13 p.m. for Part II of its bath. It must be becoming more comfortable in the back yard: its second bath lasted at least two minutes. Then it lingered in the oleander until some other bird–it was too dark to see–flew in and chased it off.