It's hot and dry in the North State (100+ degrees) and that's no exaggeration! Fortunately, there are a few permanent ponds at our local refuges to provide wildlife, well, refuge
This juvenile Pied-billed Grebe was all by his (or her!) lonesome...
Boy, they sure grow up fast!
You're almost guaranteed to see at least one Black-crowned Night Heron, peeking out from their year-round habitat along the water...
And you might remember the Cliff Swallow nest-building frenzy I talked about in May (read the post here
). Well, the nests are still underneath the bridge on the auto tour, but that's not a swallow inside one of them!
Maybe this male House Sparrow is thinking about moving in. He'll have to redecorate a bit, and move in some furniture suitable for a bachelor pad, but it just might work.
Tomorrow and the next day, I'll be posting more egret photos than you can handle. (Or maybe you will. I'm sure there are other birders out there who like them as much as I do!)
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