This afternoon I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the old Sanatorium site and Holiday Park.
Almost as soon as I arrived, while I was speaking to the friendly owner of the Bowerman House, I heard the distinctive 3 note call of a Golden-crowned Kinglet.
I soon found a pair of them foraging in a thick stand of shrubs and then watched as they flew high to the lofty branches of one of the many spruce trees at the park.
The Northern Cardinal that visited this area last year apparently left in March , so hopefully it made its way south with no problems.
Other birds seen at the park :
Common Merganser - one actively diving bird on the river
Mallard - 10 on the river
Canada Goose - 12 on the river
Ring-billed Gull - 5 flying over the river
Dark-eyed Junco - 6
Black-capped Chickadee - 10
Red-breasted Nuthatch - 4
White-breasted Nuthatch - 4
House Finch - 20+ feeding on choke cherries near the house
Blue Jay - 4
Black-billed Magpie - 3
Common Raven - 1 heard
Hairy Woodpecker - 1
Downy Woodpecker - 3
Northern Flicker - 4
Here are some photos ( click to enlarge )