More Christmas birds
A few more birds from this past week. First, a bird on wire ... a male eastern bluebird, to be exact.
Next, a mockingbird in the Japanese maple
A slightly blurry blue jay
A white-throated sparrow, down from Canada, in the maple with the lights
A female northern cardinal, photobombing the bird in the background...
... this lovely female rufous-sided towhee
Here's her mate, who's less inclined to stay when he spots a person
Buzzards (vultures, for the purists - mostly turkey but probably one or two black as well) on the cell-phone tower
And finally, from a mixed flock of small birds (titmice, chickadees, and nuthatches) that comes through the back trees nearly every morning, first a tufted titmouse ...
... and then a black-capped chickadee (or maybe a Carolina one) from the previous day, when it was raining.