Anyway, I traveled out there on Friday and Saturday for about 2 hours each.
Woah! A male Pileated Woodpecker! This normally timid bird was in the process of making his nesting cavity for the upcoming spring and paid no heed to the human playing down in the creek. I took out my 200mm lens and shot off a few photos.
Spring is definitely here. Song Sparrows, Northern Cardinals, American Robins, Mourning Doves, Red-Winged Blackbirds, House Finches, and more are singing. As other blogs and people have pointed out, other harbingers are popping up, like Skunk Cabbage. Check out Jim McCormac's blog post on Skunk Cabbage to learn more about that.
The warm weather this weekend was definitely nice to have, but it looks like it's going to quickly disappear for the rest of this week.