Good morning everyone. Nothing special today except a rare visitor to "the pond across the street". While photographing dragonflies I came across this Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria). It's a relatively small bird at about 7 inches (18 cm) long with a distinctive eye-ring.
With the drought "the pond across the street" has been attracting birds it otherwise doesn't when at a normal water level. Actually, with a normal water level this bird could never wade where it was in the above pic. The water would be too deep.
The pic posted in the comment section was taken in a prior year at a different pond. I thought I would add it to give a better view of this pretty freshwater wading bird. I also added a pic of the aquatic flowers seen in the reflection in the above background in case anyone was wondering what they were. While I see this plant at a number of other local ponds, until this year I've never seen it growing at "the pond across the street". My guess is as with the Sandpiper, the drought has something to do with it suddenly and strangely appearing.
Thank you for stopping by...and I hope you have a truly great day and weekend.