Every time we go to Lassen, we hear the distinct calls of the Red-breasted Nuthatch (yank, yank!) high up in the trees, but we've never actually seen one. Well, that all changed when this little nuthatch (they are much smaller than I thought they were) foraged around on the ground about 15 feet in front of us. What a thrill!
But that's not all. While we were walking around Manzanita Lake, we heard a loon. This is a bird we've heard a few times, too, but have never actually seen in person.
The birding gods must have been smiling down upon us because, sure enough, we spotted a loon waaaay out in the middle of the lake...
What a day!