While we were at Lower Stone Church in Rowan County last week, taking pictures of the church and churchyard, I noticed a small bird fly into the single tree planted in the churchyard. I used the super-zoom to get in some snapshots because I knew as soon as I got close, he would fly off.
The pictures turned out well and as you've noticed, I'm using one of these snapshots as the new header. This is an Eastern Bluebird in his winter finery. Not quite a bright blue wings, back and tail along with a ruddy breast as in the summer, but still enough blue to bring a bit of color to the scenery. Unfortunately he is competing with a brilliant blue North Carolina sky that day and the sky has won out, just a bit.