Friday, February 12, 2010

In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Okay, so it's a little past "mid-winter," but with all the rain and sleet we've had lately and the temperatures hovering just barely above freezing, I'd say the bleakness wins out.

Luckily, I did catch a break in the steady drizzle long enough to make a run over to Bear Creek Park at lunch. Most of the park is currently closed — due to being underwater at the moment — but I was able to find a few objects of interest lingering on the outskirts of the flooded areas.

Red-shouldered Hawk - 2/10/2010
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

This Red-shouldered Hawk was hunkered down against the wet and cold, and nothing and nobody was going to make him move.

On the other hand, there were dozens of warblers flitting about, heedless of the inclement weather conditions.

Pine Warbler - 2/10/2010
Pine Warbler (Dendroica pinus)

Pine Warbler - 2/10/2010

There were harbingers of the coming spring already in place as well, mobs of robins scouring the soggy green groundcover for sustenance during the cool spell.

American Robin - 2/10/2010
American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

And as always, the waders were out and about, treading slowly through the standing floodwater and along the water's edge.

Great Blue Heron - 2/10/2010
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias)

I look forward to the end of this rainy season, to heading back onto the trails at Bear Creek once the water goes down and things dry out just a bit.

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