There was a bit of snow on the trail but not too bad. I eased my way into a good spot to view the known tree trunk where many people drop off seed on a daily basis. I caught a glimpse of the juncos flitting around when I arrived, then nothing.
I stood and waited patiently, but nothing was coming in. I tried my squeeker and some low pishing. In came a Boreal and a Black-capped. That was a good sign. Then, I heard the Fox Sparrow. It finally showed itself about fifteen feet off the trail. I got a look, albiet not a good one. Working to try to get it to come out again, I was shocked to see a flash of yellow appear.
It was a warbler! A Common Yellowthroat! The biggest surprise of the day! It looked like a Common Yellowthroat, but it didn't behave like one. It flew in high and stayed out in the open for quite a while, moving from branch to branch and checking me out. Typically, this is a secretive little bird, that is known to stay around, but in low, thick brush. Often, I only get a glimpse of the Common Yellowthroat because it just won't come out. This one did!