But before that happened, there was a lovely little friend outside our window this morning.
He was very easy to pick out amongst the brown doldrums of winter, and stayed long enough for a few photos.
His friends, the Bluejays, see me trying to get a photo from the window and without fail, they are always gone before I can even figure out how to turn off the flash.
Those Bluejays, they're trouble.
But not this guy. He seems to know he's well worth photographing!