Here are a few images from the 2012 Palo Alto Summer Bird Count -- the transect from Escobar Gate at Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve. It was a small group, and I captured good (or almost good) images of only a small portion of the birds seen and/or heard. To me, the large flock of Red-winged Blackbirds, on the ridge far from the lake, was the most interesting. I also ran into a buck in velvet, near Escobar Gate in the early morning. See "Adventures on a Smaller Scale" for the spiders, ants, and Mariposa Lilies I also saw this morning.