Sometimes you don’t realize how much you missed the little things in life until they actually return. That’s certainly true in the case of these four little birds, though I’ll have to admit that I didn’t even realize this was a Golden-Crowned Sparrow until it looked me right in the eye.
On the other hand, I recognized this American Goldfinch from a long ways off. That gold color and those racing stripes are unmistakable.
Although I’ve yet to see my favorite Marsh Wren by the long boardwalk, this guy was doing a good imitation.
I think I missed the Tree Swallows most of all. Few things lift me up more than walking down a trail being surrounded by a flock of diving Tree Swallows.