After taking a break this weekend I had time for a quick outing this morning. I decided to head to Rocky Nook park - perhaps I could track down some newly arrived spring migrants there. Maybe a Western Tanager, Wilson's Warbler, Warbling Vireo or the like.
Well, that was not to be, but there was quite a bit of spring-like activity. I heard birds singing like crazy, saw birds collecting nesting material, and even this cute Anna's Hummingbird sitting on her nest. I do not know if it is for camouflage purposes or what, but every hummingbird nest I have seen has bits of green lichen (or similar) on the outside. Maybe they are simply excellent decorators.
I easily found and was distracted for some time by the park's resident rare bird, the Painted Redstart. This little beauty has been hanging around for over two months. I managed some better, though not fantastic, photos of this little color-bomb. I imagine soon it will head back to Arizona or wherever it came from.
All in all a very pleasant outing. Even the Nuthatches were cooperative. With spring getting into swing, the migrants cannot be far behind!
After today, the year's total still stands at 185.
Today I rode 7.7 miles