Smith & Bybee Lakes.

It was a sunny day here so I decided to ride my bike out to Smith & Bybee Lakes to try to add some more birds to my motorless list.  I was able to find eight more birds for my list, though still a few easy ones missing.

I was hoping for Varied Thrushes, which I usually find easily there, but instead came up with quite a few Hermit Thrushes.  One in particular posed nicely for me...




Kinglets were abundant and I was finally able to add the Golden-crowned, though no good photos.  Most of the kinglets I've seen this winter have been Ruby-crowned, and I swear last year it was the opposite.


At one point I was standing still and an Orange-crowned Warbler flew right by my face and landed in a bush next to me.



I saw a few Purple Finches while I was there, including these guys that looked kinda weird and yellow (if they're not actually Purple Finches, let me know!)...



It was a great chilly afternoon... Also added to my motorless list: Belted Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, Common Merganser, and Canvasback.  I was stoked to discover a much easier way to get home from that area too- I had no idea this one bike path connected to this other bike path... Anyway... Good times!