I went out at 8:00 this morning and headed straight for the tree I saw the thrush in yesterday. I thought that the light might be better and I might be able to ID the bird. There were birds causing me distraction, but I ignored everything and stayed focused on getting to the thrush tree until I found a Black-cheeked Woody not far above my head chipping away at a palm. I don't see these guys as often as many others so I was compelled to stop and get some shots.
I still couldn't get good views today. The sky was glary-white, the fruit is about 80 feet up and the birds flew off when they saw me looking. Also, it was so steamy my glasses kept fogging. I'd clean them, but as soon as I got the binoculars up, they'd steam again. Frustrating, especially when I had the bird in the bins for a few seconds before it flew off. The birds left and I continued my walk.
I heard a racket in a tree whose boughs hang over the road and saw the boughs moving. Three Thick-billed Euphonias were arguing. Suddenly, two of them flew out of the tree and all I saw was a ball of feathers in the air. It dropped to the ground with an audible thunk and then the two birds flew in different directions. My impression was two females, but there was an immature male in the tree and it was so fast I'm not sure who it was.
Today was Red-eyed Vireo day. I don't know if it was one flock circling the loop, or if there were several small flocks in different areas. Each flock was about 5 or 6 and I saw them in three locations on the loop. Heard what sounded like a Dove. I haven't heard this one before; Boe---Boe(ah).
The rest of the walk was the usual suspects except for Summer and Scarlet Tanagers and big swifts. The swifts went over the tree tops before I could get them in my binoculars--must have been White-collared going by the size.
I managed a distant shot of Spotty, the winter resident Spotted Sandpiper who has just acquired his spots.