I looked around to find the source and sure enough, there it was, among the holiday lights on a tree along the sidewalk:
I ran back to the car to get my camera and then walked over to take a few pictures:
It brightened my day to see a Brown Creeper in such an unexpected location. There were a few redwoods nearby, so perhaps creepers show up here occasionally. I don't spend enough time on 4th Street to know, but if you've seen creepers there, I'd love to hear about your observations.
Here's one more of the creeper probing deeply into the bark of the tree:
We debated about a title for this post. An alternative was "Street Creeper" — which we liked because it reminded us of "street sweeper," but I worried that it sounded, well, creepy. Perhaps you can come up with an interesting title of your own?
And no matter which title you prefer, I hope you can appreciate the wonder of seeing a Brown Creeper at eye-level working its way up the holiday-decorated trees on a busy city street!