Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Walk in Palmer Park

Finally, Bill was feeling well enough that today we took a nice walk in nearby Palmer Park. We haven't seen any hummingbirds in our yard yet this year but, as soon as we got started on our hike - we heard them buzzing around.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird
 This male Broad-tailed Hummingbird was diving from high in the air - over and over - to impress a female.

Pygmy Nuthatch
 We've never seen a Pygmy Nuthatch in Palmer Park before - and had to double check our book to positively identify it.

Western Scrub Jay
 There were several Western Scrub Jays.

Western Scrub Jay

Spotted Towhee
The Towhees were everywhere and we heard their distinctive call throughout the park.

Spotted Towhee
He looks grumpy, doesn't he?

Western Wood Pewee
Back in the yard, I was surprised to see this Western Wood-Pewee perched in a neighbor's pine tree. He must have liked this spot because he kept returning to the same branch all afternoon.

Common Grackle
And we have Grackles. Look how blue his head looks when he is in the sunlight.

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