Canada geese still roam the pastures, and our pair of Mallard ducks have returned as well. I had just about given up on them. They come every year and live, for a few weeks, in the donkey pasture, digging in the stream with their beaks and swimming in the pond.
Wild turkey are everywhere -- on the hillsides, and in the road. They are such funny birds; tall, gangly and awkward as they hurry across the road, necks out-stretched, like they are reaching for the finish-line tape.
We still have quail scurrying amongst the brambles of blackberry and fallen wood. Starlings are around as well, too. There is one who has been digging in the garden for bugs and sitting on the garage roof. I'm used to seeing large clouds of them, flying together, but this one is all alone.
Also solitary, though not for long, was the first acorn woodpecker of the season. He was out under the front oak tree hopping around on the grass. Maybe he was looking for an acorn left from last fall. These woodpeckers are numerous in the summer and fall here -- not surprising, given the many oak trees on the property. I love their bright clown faces, but their insistence on drilling holes in the house is less than endearing.
There continue to be a few Spotted Towhees in the garden and I saw a California Towhee there the other day as well. The ones in our area have a definite burnt orange blush on their face and an orange spot under their tail.
I saw my first hummingbird of the season the other day as well. We have Anna's Hummingbirds here, primarily. I was surprised to see it since the flowers (daffodil and poppies) are just now starting to bloom.
All photos from the Audubon website, unless otherwise noted