On one of my recent walks, I noticed some fresh green blossoms dropping from some of the trees I pass on my daily trek. At first, I thought that some small birds were causing them to drop. At any rate, the falling of these blossoms made me think of spring. On another block, I have to do a hop, skip and a jump to avoid dried up leaves (of a different kind of tree) on the sidewalk. Then, one day at my daughter's house, I noticed birds in nests previously populated by other birds all summer. The original inhabitants had moved out after their babies were ready to leave the nest. The silence was deafening. Now the yard is again a harbor for song. Possibly, the new birds have just migrated for the winter. However, the changes in the trees got me wondering if this year, San Diego has such a good climate that it may have two spring seasons. Some years, we have cold days with heavy rains between November and February. Thankfully for me and my exercise, this is a pleasant winter.
On my recent walk to the Famosa Slough, there were some migrating ducks. I was looking for a bird I had not seen before. After looking at the "regulars" I was ready to leave the property. Then, I spotted just such a bird. After I took the photo, I left the property. A computer search for the name of the bird got me nowhere, so I sent an e-mail to someone I believed could identify it. He responded that it was a "Say's Phoebe." Thanks, Ray.
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