Fall.

Yep, I'm psyched for fall.  The weather is finally cooling off, there are pumpkin ales everywhere, and the trees and lighting are just plain splendid.  SPLENDID. 

Red-winged Blackbird, Ridgefield NWR
 
Fall has always been my favorite season.  I love all the things that go along with it- sweatshirts, raking leaves, Halloween decorations, and now that I'm a birder: the return of masses of rad birds.  Sandhill Cranes in particular make me ridiculously happy...

 Ridgefield NWR

I have been psyched on the return of other birds as well... Geese, kinglets, sparrows, Purple Finches, and just yesterday a Varied Thrush...

Ridgefield NWR
 
Of course the creatures that stick around all year are always nice to see too, like a nice coyote family...

Ridgefield NWR

And I'm always a sucker for blackbirds on a fence...

Frenchman's Bar Trail

Yay fall!