The robins were everywhere, too. This one appeared to be smiling!
I did see the strangest thing I have seen in the three years I have been observing this island colony - the sudden mass exodus of about fifteen Great Blues! Something must have frightened them into a mass panic, but I can't imagine what it could be. There is no way a non-avian predator large enough to threaten a GBH could even gain access to the island. A Great Horned Owl or an American Eagle might cause such a scare, but I didn't see anything remotely like that in the area. Most of the herons just flew around the reservoir for a few minutes and then returned to the nests. One or two just kept one going!
It's been quite a while since I hiked around with that massive lens, and I could tell I was WAY out of practice when it came to shooting pictures. Most were too blurry and out of focus to post, but I decided to include the last two pictures just for 'proof". As you can see, the gulls have returned from where ever they were this winter.
And I saw a couple of male Yellow-shafted Flickers as well. All in all, it was a spectacular few hours for someone who has been unable to get much beyond the back yard recently. It was also a learning experience . . . I learned that I had better practice my bird photography pretty darn quick, or Bird-a-thon will be a disaster!