In all deference to my Eastern blogger friends, I found it a little disappointing to return from Santa Rosa only to discover that the beguiling songs of the Song Sparrows
have only coaxed a green bud here or there,
though saltgrass and pickleweed have finally begun to emerge on the mud flats.
Canada Geese have begun to pair off, but winter browns and whites still dominate the landscape.
However, mall flocks of shorebirds, like these Dunlin
are beginning to appear on Theler’s wetlands, suggesting that the great Spring Shorebird migration can’t be too far away.