Before the big storm hit, I revisited several places to check in on some winter warblers. I didn't have much luck until, out of the blue, this Orange-crowned Warbler flew in while I was searching for the Yellow-rumped and Townsend's Warblers.
Before its arrival, several Black-capped Chickadees and Juncos appeared. I am coming to learn that when a chickadee shows up, something good often follows. I have also found that patience often yields the rare birds.
I wasn't expecting to see this bird, which brings with its appearance a special thrill. All my senses perk up, and I work very hard to get a picture. Why? When my pictures have been so poor? Because I don't trust my ability to accurately ID the bird on the spot. I have to get a record shot worthy of providing an identification, if I ever really want to know what the bird is. This is especially true at this time when a rare bird could show up.