This little house wren stuffed sticks in both holes but the she-wren chose a nest across the yard.
Cooper's Hawk was a big thrill. She stayed for quite a while. I see coops fly through the backyard nearly every day but this one seemed to be offering to pose just for me to enjoy.
Common visitors to my yard, but uncommon in their beauty; Northern Cardinal and Downie Woodpecker.
I know some of you probably consider Red-wing Blackbirds to be pests, but I love them. All summer they dropped in to my yard, several times a day, eating and singing their hearts out. Loud? Yes. Piggy? Maybe. Beautiful? Without a doubt.
They carry spring on their shoulders.
I've been hearing them out the window for two days. Today, finally, they came back to my backyard.