Despite the frosty weather (31 degrees when I hit the trail), some birds were singing! I started out with 4 White Pelicans on the creek down towards the Paradise Point marina. One vee of Snow Geese flew over, and either Cacklings or Greater White-fronted were further away, never close enough for me to be sure. A few Sandhill Cranes were visible.
As the sun warmed up, Song Sparrows began singing, and I was pleased to spot a Bewick's Wren singing also - first time this year. That one got another one countersinging a short distance away, and the second also hopped up into view.
Eventually one Marsh Wren sang briefly.
That was exciting, but more was to come:
As I hiked alongside Faklis Park, a bird suddenly plunge-dived into the water with a big splash, only 60 feet away - coming seemingly from out of nowhere. I had heard a Kingfisher previously, and expected that bird to emerge, but this diver proved instead to be the local Osprey, emerging without a fish. It landed on one of the trees across the waterway, shaking its wings.
Other highlights included Purple Finch, American Pipit, Hermit Thrush, and Cooper's Hawk.
As I ended my hike,
a flock of a dozen Common Goldeneye foraged well to the west, along
toward Paradise Point where the pelicans had been earlier. This is a
large number for this hotspot. The Osprey also dove again, further off this time, again unsuccessfully.
“The impact of human-induced warming is worse than previously feared, and only drastic coordinated action will keep the damage short of catastrophe.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, October 2018 report (authored by 91 scientists from 40 countries, based on over 6,000 scientific references)
It's not too late.