It's been a messy week. Snow, rain, floods, muds, ice, slush, wind... We've got it all. It's been a bummer for the most part- the snow only looked pretty in the middle of the night, and the weather wasn't bad enough to get out of working. But definitely bad enough to not go birding. So when I got up today and it wasn't raining I was psyched.
I headed to Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden to look for some color in doomtown.
The sun even came out for a bit and Song Sparrows were singing like it was springtime...
Crystal Springs is always a good spot for tame-ish Buffleheads and Wood Ducks...
Even this flicker seemed more colorful than normal:
This afternoon I took the dogs to Vancouver to walk the Frenchman's Bar Trail. There I found this woman on a pink scooter being pulled dog-sled-style by her two huskies:
Can't decide if it's stupid or brilliant. Maybe both. At Frenchman's Bar Park I stared at a large flock of sparrows trying to find interesting ones. I was surprised to find a Savannah Sparrow in the mix, first time I've seen one in winter here...
Three pheasants were prancing across a field, probably on the way to their death.
The last part of our walk there were some serious clouds nipping at our heels despite the blue sky overhead.
I will spare you the photos I took of the road-killed bloody beaver and skip ahead to the bird I found when I arrived home. I got out of my car and saw a bird circling overhead- I tried my best to turn it into a Merlin but I think it's a sharpie [oops, a Cooper's].
Still a great yard bird since I've never seen one anywhere near my house. Good times!