After all the wind and rain the last few days I've been anxious to see what bird activity was happening. I was delighted to find a Say's Phoebe on the roof of the Newmore model home. The Say's Phoebe is part of the Flycatcher family of birds and you can see them occassionaly perched low on plants or fences near open areas where they hunt for insects. They also like to build mud nests on homes and buildings.
Also observed this morning was a pair of Northern Flickers, California Quail, lots of Red-Winged Blackbirds including females now, American Goldfinch, House Finch, lots of European Starlings, American Robins, Dark-eyed Juncos, Killdeer, American Kestrels, Mourning Doves, and of course our resident Great-horned Owl. The amount of downy feathers is piling up on the owl nest and I have heard of people observing owl fledglings in other parts of the state, so it may not be long before we have our own hatchlings.