The sun brightened the day with golden light on the first morning of 2017.
A cardinal waited on the edge of the woods. “Follow me. Follow me.” he chirped as he flew into the bushes. Partly hidden by the branches, a bluebird ate berries. A bluebird? I could hardly believe my eyes. I held my breath willing him to stay still for just a little while. When the bluebird flew away, he was joined by three more bluebirds.
A solitary nuthatch watched from a tree near the bird feeders impatient for me to leave so he could get back to his breakfast.
In a clearing, a cardinal warmed herself in the sunshine. Overhead, a bald eagle flew east toward the lake.
The sunrise over Saylorville Lake at Jester Park, Iowa, January 1, 2017.
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