The next morning there was a fringe of very light icing on which an early morning visitor could perch to get his drink.
After I added water and the sun came up, I think he was happier.
I thought at first he was a Goldfinch, though he looks stockier than those I identified during the summer months and he doesn't appear to have as much yellow as the ones in my bird books.
This guy I spotted this morning most resembles a White-Crowned Sparrow, notable for the vertical black and white stripes atop his head, not very visible in my photo.
He's got big feet for the size of him, useful for perching.
As for the new banner photo, it seems like a good way to begin (seriously, now) a new collection of days, weeks and months.
It could be a view in a Mexican restaurant but it's actually another photo from Pappadeaux in Phoenix, a Cajun restaurant chain's house.
The last time I was there a guy in the next booth was sampling alligator for the first time.
He enthusiastically told me it was delicious.
I may try it some time.