The spring weather is dynamic. Warming south winds are relieved by cold fronts and thunderstorms. These fronts ground the northbound migrating birds, so spring birding can be the most exciting just minutes after a storm passes through. Being outside then is magical. The air is clean and cool and clear. The sky is dark in some places, light in others. Thunder still crackles in the distance. And the birds are active, making up for lost foraging time.
I thought a lot about these things as I was on Lake Creek Trail this weekend. We got our last break from the coming heat today, and birding in 65 degree weather one more time was a treasured experience. I'll skip my usual rundown of species highlights for now. Maybe tomorrow night. (I added 3 species to my neighborhood list, now at 195, one I've only seen once before, and one I've never seen before.) For now, just know that it was beautiful out there.