Finally recovered enough from the flu to get out for a walk in the neighborhood (while that's still an option).
I think this first bird (possibly a goldfinch?) was trying to practice social distancing, though the crow in the third photo seems to be doing a better job. The house finch was such a bright red that I thought it had to be another kind of bird until I looked at the photos.
A dove spotted this morning. I just walked around the neighborhood and most of the birds I spotted were on cables like this.
This bird's new to me: apparently it's an American pipit, also known as a buff-bellied pipit, a small ground-nesting insectivore. I spotted several of them walking around in the grass next to a bike path that's just been closed down, though I could see them from the sidewalk with a zoom lens.
Also you can really see the difference between the "look at me!" coloring on the male finch and the camouflage coloring on the female.
Ducks at a city park that's recently re-opened the walkways and open space, though facilities and playgrounds remain closed.
1. Join me for a drink?
2. OK, ducks can't read.
3. Three ducks ignoring a pigeon.
Some photos of the park facilities and warning signs: https://www.hyperborea.org/journal/2020/04/sorta-open/
This northern mockingbird flew across the street and landed on a lawn. While I got the camera out, it flew up to a rooftop, then flew across the street again to land on a signpost, where it stretched its wings briefly (as seen here).
Fun fact: mockingbirds are able to recognize individual humans, and their ability to mimic sounds extends beyond birds to cats, dogs, and even car alarms. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/14886-Mimus-polyglottos
Some #bluebirds spotted at a park. There's a corner that's landscaped with plants that are a bit better suited for more birds and butterflies than the usual giant lawn with a few trees, and I've seen bluebirds, phoebes, towhees and others in the area.
I'm not sure if they're female or juvenile (only adult males are bright bright blue), but you can see the blue on their wings...and how well their bodies blend in with the ground.
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