First Nest
In the photo below Petruchio is eyeing another stick for the nest.
The stick was actually a good sized branch (about 4 feet long) that he snagged but dropped.
The branch was so big I could hear it crashing through the trees below it; but I couldn’t follow the fall with my camera.
 
 
 
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Is smaller than a chickadee and barely bigger than a hummingbird.
The kinglets (golden-crowned and ruby-crowned) are only here for the winter.
The bright yellow streak is an alert patch that all kinglets have,
When they are excited they flip the patch upwards – the cold air helped make the patch really noticeable!

Petruchio returning to the First Nest after pushing an osprey back to the east side of the cove.

A beaver on an early morning swim back towards his dam.

This mallard drake was traveling so fast with his hen, that I missed getting her in the photo.

A ring-billed gull with a mouthful of fish fresh caught on the surface of the lake.

Wood duck drake starting to glow with his breeding colors.

In the winter you can find two varieties of kinglets at the lake.

This is a golden-crowned kinglet pouting at me.

Here is the other kinglet.  A ruby-crowned kinglet popping his ruby-crown at me when I startled him.

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I wanted to turn my head and see what held the attention of the tiny golden-crowned kinglet but dared not or he might startle away.