After a Christmas road trip to the Bay Area to attend various family festivities, at which yours truly consumed far too many rich foods and/or sweet goodies, we've returned to what passed for normal here. The building project is starting back up after a short hiatus to allow Dino to get a few items accomplished - the roofers finally started getting the actual roof on this week.
Saturday, I hitched a ride with Dino to the red gate. He had a meeting to attend in Madera, so he headed left up the hill, while I headed right toward the river. I was torn between enjoying the lovely day and fretting about the drought.
It was a great day for birding. Number 102: Hooded Merganser: I saw two males and a female. Number 103: American Wigeon - not sure how many, at least four.
I got photos of the Wigeons but again these images were good enough to confirm the ID but sort of embarrassing otherwise. This Hooded Merganser shot isn't the greatest either, but at least it gives you the idea.
I had some fun taking pictures of this female Yellow-rumped Warbler, a species I am quite fond of and who has been given the nickname Butterbutts.