I dropped off my third-grader at school and faced a decision heading out of the parking lot: Take a left to the beach and see what birds might be there; or take a right and basically start my work day earlier than I have to.
Of course I took the left. It’s a good thing, too, because there were some pretty cool birds down at the beach. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but some good photo opps of birds such as Dark-eyed Juncos, Horned Grebe, Fox Sparrow and American Robins.
It was one of those cold, but sunny days following a snow storm. The air was crisp, the snow still somewhat fresh and a clean smell lingering in the air.
Some people have written to me this winter wondering where the juncos are. They haven’t been showing up under feeders as much as in previous years. The flock I saw on Thursday was very sizable. I wouldn’t worry about juncos. They’re still around.
It was also the first Fox Sparrow I had seen in a few years. Some years they show up in large numbers, some years seemingly not at all, and some years here and there. There was only one Fox Sparrow among the dozens of juncos.
Here’s a few more of the photos.