The kestrels are back in the yard this year. Last year they raised several young in one of our trees. Here's hoping they will again.
I heard this bird's chatter before I saw it: a Bullock's oriole. We have at least one nesting pair in the yard. They make a lot of noise and have really cool nests that hang from the branches and incorporate bailing twine, something we have a lot of around here. I love their flashes of bright color.
This is another common denizen of the yard--the yellow-rumped warbler. I think they probably have a nest in one of our trees, but I haven't found it yet.
If I want to see some water birds, I drive a few miles to a reservoir. On this particular day, a large flock of American white pelicans was hanging out.
With them was a group of gulls (California gulls?).
The contrast of the mountains and the desert and the water made for a nice photo.
Some mallards flew by.
A double-crested cormorant, another migratory bird, hung out on some rocks next to the water.
At the south end of the reservoir I found a mixed flock of ducks, including buffleheads, northern shovelers, and ring-necked ducks.
A group of coots appeared to be waiting as the ducks arrived.
On a nearby wetland, some American avocets took flight.
We're up to 33 backyard birds, with the addition last night of a hummingbird (species not known, but likely broad-tailed). We are definitely going to surpass last year's total of 34! Desert Boy doesn't seem super interested, but Desert Girl is quite interested. They learn so fast, I wish I had their capacity!
Hope you see some cool birds today.