It’s the first beautiful morning of this work week: the sky is clear and sunny, the snow is gone, and the temperature is in the 50s. I walked to the little pond at the corner of Estes and Yale. I almost didn’t recognize it: the trees around it have been cut down, apparently as part of the Russian olive tree mitigation project. This includes the big tree where I spotted the juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron the other day. The adult Black-crowned Night Heron, who always used to sit within the shadows of that big tree, found a more exposed spot to perch this morning. No hawks or Belted Kingfishers. Several Mallards were dabbling in the pond.
While walking home, I spotted this fluffed-out Song Sparrow:
At home several hummingbirds–including a male Black-chinned Hummingbird–are still enjoying the nectar feeder. Now that the skies have cleared, the foothills are visible off to the west.