I was recently at our lake house for several days, longer than I've been there for - a year? More? While there, I spent a lot of time outdoors, watching birds, doing yardwork, and walking. One thing I noticed: it's finally spring at the lake, as evidenced by robins, which were out hopping around, chirping and singing.
Robin, standing on a piece of basalt in our front yard.
White-headed woodpecker going after something in one of our Ponderosa pine trees.
Hawk or falcon flying overhead, don't know what kind... Do you?
Band-tailed pigeons that just flew down from a tree to land on someone's deck. I saw one in our yard briefly, as it was leaving.
House wren hopping about in the front yard. The wren is a very small bird, hardly stands still, is very difficult to photograph. It was very busy checking out everything, including a bird house way too big for it, some small potted evergreen trees, and some hens and chicks.
Barn swallow on a wire above the cedar walk area. They were flying around, darting quickly in the air, and it was only possible for me to get reasonable photos when they stopped flying. This is the first time I've seen them hanging around in such large numbers.
A bird in a fir tree, apparently trying to hide from me. Probably a Steller's jay.
And our tree swallows! Here's a female checking out one of our bird houses.
The male of the pair, popping his head out of the same nesting box. When they hang on the edge of the hole with their feet and pop their heads out like this, we call them "porpoises" and call the act "porpoising." [Kind of silly, we are sometimes!]
The same female standing on the box. I don't think they actually nested here, but this may be the same pair that was later building a nest in a bird house in the front yard.
I also saw several other types of birds, including vultures, juncos, chickadees, blackbirds, cowbirds, and a pair of quail.