On to birds - here is a miscellaneous bunch of cool birds that I had the chance recently to check out. That gorgeous one first is a Lark Sparrow. I don't often get the chance to see them. They are actually fairly good sized - about 6 1/2 inches from head to tail. They also have a flashy tail, with white feathers at either side.
Another species I was happy to see recently was Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Here is an adult male, female, and some youngsters probably not long out of the nest. It seems like it is harder and harder to find them.