It all started because of news of Eared Grebes in breeding plumage. These birds breed up near the Arctics and winter around these parts. During winter, they have a comparatively dull black-and-white plumage. Turns out that some birds have assumed their breeding plumage before they start their long migration and I just had to go check them out. The other option is to go to Alaska or some place far north during late spring and summer. Driving 10 minutes is perhaps a simpler option for now?
Plumage comparison! Guess which one's in breeding plumage...
Geese are bold. They can bite too! And they are very strong...
Canvasback male and female
A Cliff Swallow. In a few weeks, this place is going to have a nest built of clay... it's Spring!
A Coot. They were everywhere. They always are.
If they called the one above Yellow Legs, then they should have called this on Graylegs. But Willet it shall be
A California Towhee having breakfast
Surf Scoter. Doesn't this look like he's got his mouth wide open? :))
... a side view
A Desert Cottontail! Note: As premium bird feed, this photograph qualifies to be under a post titled "Birds!"
Has her own orchestra too...
Horned Grebe assuming breeding plumage
Eared Grebe. Aren't they beautiful?
They're practicing their rituals too...
"Hey, shouldn't we going off to Alaska now?"
"No. Let's hang around here for a bit longer. I hear they are having issues with a volcano."
"Oh Boy. That sure is going to disrupt air traffic."