A front blew into the Panhandle last night and the difference is startling. It was nearly 37°C yesterday with very little wind and no clouds. It is 18°C and very windy (48 kph) and cloudy as I write. It’s maddening how often the wind screws up an almost perfect day around here.
I went to Spring Canyon anyway. Nothing spectacular, but here’s a Common Grackle that the light caught just right and turned him from a mostly-annoying-parking-lot-pest into a stunning avian model. If you can catch these guys when they aren’t picking through trash at McDonald’s and Wal-Mart they are quite elegant. “They clean up good,” as we say around here.
Three Eared Grebes rode the waves in the `Stillin’ Basin. They looked like they had been to Prom or something. It’s not a very good shot-the wind and waves were too much for me.
I’ve heard from several people that they are seeing Yellow-headed Blackbirds here and there over the last few weeks. I haven’t been able to find any until I ran across these juveniles this morning.
Not a great day, but you take what you can on a morning like this one.