While a lot of the country is grappling with the onset of winter, things here in the Central Valley of California remain... well... rather pleasant.
I've done a fair bit of birding locally but haven't branched out to any destinations very far away quite yet. I've seen about 125 species locally since I've returned from Alaska and hopefully it won't end there.
Here's a random assemblage of photos from the past few days. First up is a PIED-BILLED GREBE, a common year-round resident in marshes, lakes, and slow-moving rivers:
here). One highlight were the VARIED THRUSHES including this one that perched out in the open and sang repeatedly:
This WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, who didn't want to pose for very long, was near the visitor center (one was here last winter too):