Yesterday, while the rest of the country was enraptured by the Chinese balloon, we were out-and-about, walking in Forest Park. It was nice while it lasted, with highs in the fifties. Today, we should hit sixty. Most of the ponds were still ice covered, which seemed to put a damper on the park’s birdlife. We did see Red-tailed hawks and Golden Crowned kinglets though. We also saw lots of people out too. We now sport matching binoculars, which tend to spark conversations with passersby that usually begin with the question, “What birds have you seen?” These high temperatures usually only last an hour or two, before the mercury begins to fall, telling us it is time to head home.

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