An atmospheric pipeline ushered in warm weather all weekend from the Gulf of Mexico, also brought lots of rain with it. We had 2+ inches of rain since Friday evening that ended earlier this morning. I hiked here in Old Trail. The wetlands were very wet! But I did see 24 species of birds there, and two more species (Mallards and a Red-bellied Woodpecker) when I hiked a bit more at other parts of the trail. Not a single Black or Turkey Vulture today - perhaps they were flying above the dense and low cloud cover. The best bird I saw today was a Swamp Sparrow - not that unusual, but I hadn't seen one for a couple of months. One of the resident Red-shouldered Hawks watched all the activity from high above in a tree at the edge of the wetlands.
A male and a female House Finch were working on a nest. A few minutes later, a pair of Goldfinches landed in the same tree near the nest. Were they just checking out the building quality, or perhaps thinking about taking it over?