Before the cold snap, the blizzard and the following cold snap, I got out birding quite a bit. There doesn't seem to be a let-up in the cold temps on the horizon, so I am staying indoors. Unless, of course, something really amazing on the bird front warrants venturing out.
Then, there are the amazing mixes that just steal the show, like this unusual (mallard hybrid, I think) duck. Each time a different or colorful bird appears, I find myself stopping to simply admire it and snap a picture or two. The presence of birds, any birds, keeps the sport fresh and exciting. However, they don't always keep me warm.
Every time I see one up close, my appreciation of its handsome shape, strength and color is renewed.
With all of the special birds about, I rarely go home disappointed. There are so many opportunities to find, watch and appreciate an abundance of birds up close and personal.