Sorry for the weak photos. I'm thinking this might be some kind of grebe?
Donner summit trail, shaded, south aspect, granodiorite rocky substrate
Yellow pollen spewed off this flower (?) when touched.
First day of spring--have to see a robin!
Distinctive song from one side of creek to another red-wing on other side of creek. Red and yellow (thin) wing bars apparent in flight.
Flushed the pair out of the shrubbery and into the creek while I was walking by. Scared me to death!
Poking holes in nearby house.
Saw this cat on my way to work. We stared at each other for several minutes before I had to go. It was quite an experience since we were only about 20 feet apart; I was in my car and the cat was behind the snow bank. Great way to start the work day!
We saw this otter relaxing on a log in a beaver pond. We assumed he had just ate since he seemed quite sleepy and satisfied basking in the sun.
Digging in ground.