This is a hard time of the year to come across birds to take pictures of. This little character will be here year round. It is a juvenile Ring-Billed Gull. I spotted him loitering in the McDonalds parking lot, clearly hoping for a handout ... french fries, no doubt. The juveniles are very pretty ... their mottling is brown against the white background with the black on their tail feathers and the tip of their beaks.
This pair of Sandhill Cranes is probably long gone. We spotted them in a yard not far from our house about two weeks ago.
I have seen groups of Sandhills flying overhead on their migration to warmer climates for several weeks. To me it seems late but strangely we also have Great Blue Herons on the lake. Hopefully they will all be gone soon because they certainly won't be able to survive our winters.
I plan is to be able to get out and find some more interesting birds that will be here for the winter ... Meanwhile, hope the birding is good in your neck of the woods :)