Today was a normal, laid-back Saturday. I headed out to the barn to play with the horses, then took Finn for a hike, before coming back home to play with paint and yarn and run errands.

When I arrived at the barn, I spotted this young bald eagle perched in the oak trees surrounding the barn, supervising the area.

Then, during our hike (a new area we’ve been exploring) I saw two new birds: a golden crowned kinglet and a swainson’s thrust. Neither are uncommon to the area, but kinglets are hard to photograph and the book says the thrush should have migrated away by now. Incidently, I’m not 100% sure about the thrush ID (it could be a hermit thrush, but based on the area and behavior, I don’t think so. If you have an opinion, please let me know.)

It was a lovely day and I saw several other birds and enjoyed the dew clinging to the few remaining spiders webs that haven’t been pulled down by the recent winds.