Today was a great day!!! (but not so great for pics)
This morning I had two Bald Eagles up in a tree for about an hour. Too far away for my biggest lens even with the doubler on it, dang it! I certainly tried, though. I was still in my nightie and there was no way to get closer to them, so settled for the tripod and hoped for the best! This was the first time I have seen Bald Eagles here.
Just after the eagles left, a flock of birds landed in a much closer tree, but still out of camera range. It was a bunch of American Robins. I have never seen them here at this time of year before, so they were a most welcome surprise as well. They were here for about 20 minutes. I think this is males and females???
This Downy Woodpecker has been hanging around the last couple of days, too.
The Starlings have been swarming lately - huge clouds of them!
Also the Northern Flickers are here, and there's quite a few of them - the red-shafted ones.
My two hawks are still hunting at my feeders. They were here today as well, hung around for quite a while but left empty-taloned. One of them got a California Quail the other day, though.
I have both the Slate Juncos and the Oregon variety here. Quite a few Oregons but only a couple Slates.
My usual crowd of House Sparrows, Song Sparrows, California Quail, Mourning Doves, Goldfinches and House Finches are still here, too. The Goldfinches seem to be getting yellower - but that could just be me wishful thinking for Spring to get here!
I am participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count
(Feb 13-16) http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/great-backyard-bird-count-2009
These new birds were wonderful to see so I could add them to my list that I submitted tonight. Is anyone else participating in this?