First Rain

California has been suffering from a severe drought, one of the largest droughts in decades with three consecutive years of below-normal rainfall. 2013 was the driest year on record for California, and 2014 was not out to a good start as shown below.
A much needed rainfall came early March, filling up Deep creek and nourishing the land. We struck out the day after to see what nature had brought us. We had explored Deep Creek back in September when there was no water for months. If you want to compare the photos we took, you can see them by going here.
We were walking along the creek and discovered large tadpoles that had been washed onto the shore during a flash flood. We were able to save one, but the others were lifeless.
Unknown person checking out the tunnel.
This bird is the California Thrasher (Toxostoma redivivum). This little creature was an amazing find for the day. Normally, thrashers rarely fly in the open. They like to stay hidden in dense brush and therefore, rarely seen. We got a nice show from this little guy.