That's how cold it is. It was 11 degrees F when we started Lisa's car at 10am-ish this morning. I think we hit a high of 20.
We ran to the bank and then decided to do a very little, teensy, weensy bit of birding around the Hillsmere and Bay Ridge section of Annapolis, which abuts the South River and the Chesapeake Bay. After checking out the Tundra Swans that return each year to Hillsmere Beach, we headed for Bay Ridge, where there was some great waterfowl. Canvasback, Red-Breasted Mergs, Long-Tailed Duck, Surf Scoters, and more. We drove along for a bit, and ran into ... who else? ...local birding maestros Dan Haas and Chris Murray.
They were off to Thomas Point Park, and we eagerly tagged along. It was cold. Dan, in the orange on the right, said he was yearning for a mosquito bite. That's cold.
You can just barely see Thomas Point Lighthouse to the left of Warren (in blue). Three cold birding dudes, and Princess Lisa (who braved the cold for a bit) in the car. We stood it as long as we could, and then skedaddled when we got word of a Painted Bunting in a hidden location nearby.
Mr. PABU must have wondered what hit him. He is supposed to be in south Florida or Central America right now. But seeing him, warmed our hearts.
Incredibly, amazingly, unbelievably, Warren left his good camera and zoom lens at home. So Birdcouple did the best they could with a point-and-shoot. There's a Painted Bunting in this picture. Really:
Thanks for the fun, Dan and Chris.
On Sunday, we're off to give a bird talk in the Philadelphia area, at Terrain at Styer's.