I kept hoping that successive cold fronts this week would bring a tide of new birds to the campus. But they didn't. At best they brought a few more Yellow-rumped Warblers and Lincoln's Sparrows to join those that arrived weeks ago.
However, a male House Finch was a nice surprise, as it's a species we've only ever seen once before at the college.
Otherwise the nature trail was still mainly inhabited by Northern Mockingbirds.
On Thursday morning I got to the campus just as dawn was breaking beyond the retention ponds.
It didn't take long for the sky to change from golden to silver, black and gray.
As the light improved, I was surprised to find the ponds busy with a dozen or more American Coots and a handful of Pied-billed Grebes.
The banks were busier than normal, too. Apart from our usual Great Egret, there were three Snowy Egrets.
So, overall, not an exciting week at the college. Still, maybe next week will bring more cold fronts and new flocks of birds!