Isn't he sleek & beautiful? I'd never seen one before ... he was soaring and dipping
and finally landed long enough for a quick picture.

Another bird I hadn't seen ... he's a member of the woodpecker family.
Striking red "V" on the back of his head; he was rooting around for bugs in the grass.

And all the regulars ...

Other notables that I don't have good pictures of (not for lack of trying): hawk, kingfisher, merganser, snowy egret, pheasant, seagull, hummingbird, oriole.


These finches diligently tried to build a nest in an eave of our deck.
For several days they gathered twigs and grasses, but sadly, their efforts were in vain.
Everything kept falling to the ground, no nest. I hope they found a better location.

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