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  1. On my backyard perch

    On my backyard perch

    Quite windy all day. Settling down to gaze for a snack.
  2. Northern Mockingbird.jpg

    Northern Mockingbird.jpg

    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos polyglottos) wing flashing.
  3. Ferruginous Hawk

    Ferruginous Hawk

    Uncommon and declining, this grassland specialist is a locally distributed winter visitor to the valleys, foothills and deserts of California. This largest of our hawks in the genus "Buteo" breeds in the Great Plains and Great Basin of Western North America. This individual is a light morph...
  4. Cooper's hawk_HA.jpg

    Cooper's hawk_HA.jpg

    Copper's hawk take off series (1of3)
  5. Cooper's hawk_H3.jpg

    Cooper's hawk_H3.jpg

    Copper's hawk take-off series (3 of 3)
  6. Cooper's hawk_H2.jpg

    Cooper's hawk_H2.jpg

    Copper's hawk take-off series (2 of 3)
  7. White-breasted Nuthatch

    White-breasted Nuthatch

    Late afternoon
  8. Ice shelf in retreat on the Mississippi

    Ice shelf in retreat on the Mississippi

    Warmer temps have opened up the river again and leaves this behind on the shore.
  9. Remnants of three seasons

    Remnants of three seasons

    Ice shelf remaining after river opened up again.
  10. Black capped chickadee

    Black capped chickadee

    Things are looking up!
  11. Fly by

    Fly by

    Red-shouldered Hawk
  12. Eastern Bluebird (female).jpg

    Eastern Bluebird (female).jpg

    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis sialis) Female.
  13. Great blue heron bringing home the dinner

    Great blue heron bringing home the dinner

    The always-excellent fishermen, this great blue heron was bringing a nice fish catch back home to its chicks nesting nearby
  14. Green-winged teal

    Green-winged teal

    Beautiful cinnamon-headed duck with the electric green eye stripe - a winter duck for us, and more rare of a sighting than the blue-winged teals, but a pleasure when we do get to see them
  15. Least tern

    Least tern

    Tiny little terns often seen at our beaches, but like to visit the wetlands too for the good fishing
  16. Male Red-bellied Woodpecker..jpg

    Male Red-bellied Woodpecker..jpg

  17. Female Red-bellied Woodpecker..jpg

    Female Red-bellied Woodpecker..jpg

  18. Boat-tailed Grackle

    Boat-tailed Grackle

    I think Boat-tailed, but maybe Common. We have a lot of BTs here. At Huntington Beach State Park, SC
  19. Anna's Hummingbird

    Anna's Hummingbird

    These tiny but feisty hummingbirds are common in our area throughout the year. This is an adult male spreading wings and tail captured just before takeoff. The bright iridescent colors vary with light angle often appear black; but when the light hits just right they shine brightly rose-pink as...
  20. Birds of a feather...

    Birds of a feather...

    An American Kestrel mating pair in early spring on the Mojave River