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  1. Hello World! — Western Bluebird

    Hello World! — Western Bluebird

    This juvenile Western Bluebird visited me today and took a dip in the bath. I hesitate to guess the gender as the girls and boys look much alike at this young age. I hope she/he avoids danger and lives long and prospers. Good luck. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Bluebird/overview
  2. Red-tailed Hawk

    Red-tailed Hawk

    This hawk was hunting while the mate remained perched high in a eucalyptus tree. The feathers are a bit ragged but that may be a normal molt condition. Comments welcome. The tail feathers look gray but it’s just the angle of the light. Other shutter clicks of this bird catch and show the red of...
  3. So Pretty — Western Bluebird

    So Pretty — Western Bluebird

    Today was in the high eighties and I think the open beak was to help this pretty boy stay cool. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Bluebird/overview
  4. A Surprise Visitor – Long-tailed weasel

    A Surprise Visitor – Long-tailed weasel

    First photo, in a full run. — I was sitting quietly hoping to get some good pictures of some juvenile Cooper’s hawks in the near-by trees when this weasel appeared from under a brush pile. He was hunting for a quick supper. He is so full of energy I had trouble getting him in the frame. I made a...
  5. A Surprise Visitor – Long-tailed weasel

    A Surprise Visitor – Long-tailed weasel

    Second photo, scanning for prey. — I was sitting quietly hoping to get some good pictures of some juvenile Cooper’s hawks in the near-by trees when this weasel appeared from under a brush pile. He was hunting for a quick supper. He is so full of energy I had trouble getting him in the frame. I...
  6. A Rare Visitor – Lawrence’s Goldfinch

    A Rare Visitor – Lawrence’s Goldfinch

    I’ve been waiting a year to see this beautiful goldfinch. Last year this pretty boy was captured by my game camera but I've never actually seen him. Many Lesser Goldfinches are always present but this one is a rarity. He sports more gray, has a black cap, face, and under chin, with yellow belly...
  7. All Wet — Western Bluebird

    All Wet — Western Bluebird

    These bluebirds don’t peck at the seeds I offer but enjoy the water bath. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Bluebird/overview
  8. Red Shouldered Hawk

    Red Shouldered Hawk

    This is a re-write of the description. Thanks to rkj and Peter for alerting me to a misidentification. This Red Shouldered Hawk caught my attention by calling from a nearby perch. A week ago, I observed four of these hawks circling together nearby...
  9. Black-headed Grosbeak — Handsome Male

    Black-headed Grosbeak — Handsome Male

    This is one of two posts today, a male and female Black-headed Grosbeak. These Grosbeaks are a dominate presence at my feeder station. They love the black sunflower seeds and the seed stacker cake. Now and then they will bathe in the nearby water. It’s early in the season so I think they are all...
  10. Black-headed Grosbeak — Pretty Female

    Black-headed Grosbeak — Pretty Female

    This is one of two posts today, a male and female Black-headed Grosbeak. These Grosbeaks are a dominate presence at my feeder station. They love the black sunflower seeds and the seed stacker cake. Now and then they will bathe in the nearby water. It’s early in the season so I think they are all...
  11. What a pretty boy! — Western Tanager

    What a pretty boy! — Western Tanager

    I see so many yellow Hooded Orioles that this Western Tanager is a refreshing splash of new color around my feeders. I suspect this visitor is just passing through. They visited last year in April also; then nothing. It’s wonderful to have them stop and visit on their way to somewhere else...
  12. If looks could kill...

    If looks could kill...

    This male Hooded Oriole does not look happy about the camera. Many of these orioles are staying near the nectar and jelly feeders. I may see six or eight males and a few females at a time. And they sure can fuss with one another. https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Oriole/overview
  13. A lovely couple

    A lovely couple

    Yellow-rumped Warbler — https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-rumped_Warbler/overview There are several sub-groups of the Yellow-rumped Warbler and I’m uncertain which I’m seeing between one bird and another. This male is of the more brilliant colors while others are more gray with subdued...
  14. California Towhee

    California Towhee

    Sitting in the evening sun on the edge of the bath. I usually see this bird near low bushes foraging for seeds. This is a very west coast bird.
  15. Black-headed Grosbeak

    Black-headed Grosbeak

    This is March 26 and today this handsome boy returned from his winter migration to Mexico. There is a pretty lady with him and I’ll post a picture of her soon.
  16. Rufous Hummingbird

    Rufous Hummingbird

    I try to post pictures in a more natural setting but this closeup has nice color and feather detail, so I go ahead and do it. A handful of Rufous and Anna’s hummingbirds stayed through the mild winter.
  17. Hooded Oriole

    Hooded Oriole

    Return migration from Mexico. March 17th — The first sighting of this male Hooded Oriole in 2022 was two days ago. I didn’t get a decent picture then, but today he came to the grape jelly and paused long enough for this shot. This hooded and the bullock’s oriole visited my feeder only about four...
  18. Bullock’s Oriole

    Bullock’s Oriole

    March 15th — First sighting of any oriole in 2022. This male Bullock’s was surely here last year as he was clearly expecting to find grape jelly the same place it was last year.
  19. Tail Feathers Aglow

    Tail Feathers Aglow

    Red-tailed Hawk — I think this is the male. He and his mate have been romancing in the air and on the perch for several days. There is a little feather damage to the lift wing tip. They raised two chicks last year. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
  20. A Pretty Cassin’s Kingbird

    A Pretty Cassin’s Kingbird

    Cassin’s Kingbird — From my car window while in town. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
  21. Pretty Face Sparrow

    Pretty Face Sparrow

    Lark Sparrow — A pretty face, wearing a one button vest. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
  22. Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Yellow-rumped Warbler

    Finding a berry in a sumac bush. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
  23. Waiting and Watching for Breakfast

    Waiting and Watching for Breakfast

    Sharp-shinned Hawk — This hawk sat near my feeder area for 23 minutes waiting for a careless sparrow or finch. I had the chance to make many shutter clicks and here is one. I’m not confident identifying some hawks, so if this might be something else, please comment. It’s about the size of a dove...
  24. Wet and Not Comfortable (1)

    Wet and Not Comfortable (1)

    White-crowned Sparrow — First of a pair of posts. It Rained Last Night. This sparrow didn’t find a dry place to roost. Other sparrows in the same bush did. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
  25. Wet and Not Comfortable (2)

    Wet and Not Comfortable (2)

    Northern Mockingbird — Second of a pair of wet-bird posts. It Rained Last Night. I guess this mockingbird didn’t find a dry place to roost. Edited to crop, adjust levels, and sharpen.
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