The weather was incredibly unlike the day before Christmas - quite warm for this time of year. I went to East Beach for a hike with a friend. Since we were both disappointed with the lack of snow so far this year, my friend commented that walking in the sand would be good snow-like practice. It was very windy, so not much wildlife to be seen. I did manage to get this one picture of a yellow-rumped warbler (yes, that's it's real name). I like the subtle yellow markings.
The only other bird of interest I saw was what appeared to be a sharp-shinned hawk (perhaps looking for warblers for dinner). My reaction time was a bit too slow to get a picture, however. All I could do was point and say, "Hawk!" as it glided overhead and out of view into some nearby pine trees.