I saw a *lot* of different birds on a walk in the park yesterday. Here are two Western Bluebirds…

I saw a *lot* of different birds on a walk in the park yesterday. Here are two Western Bluebirds – one male and amazingly bright blue, the other either female or a juvenile male. I’m not happy with the image noise on the first one, but I *really* like the way the second one came out.

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A very bright blue bird perched on a cable, looking away from the camera to the right, with blurry green leaves behind it.

A small brown and orange bird on a narrow, mostly bare branch with a few leaves starting to poke out.

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Dull brown on Flickr

I saw (and heard) a bunch of finches – some house finches, and at least this one lesser goldfinch…

I saw (and heard) a bunch of finches – some house finches, and at least this one lesser goldfinch – when I took the trash bins out this morning. So I went back in, washed my hands and grabbed the camera.

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A very bright yellow bird with a small beak perched on a cable thicker than its feet, against a blue sky.

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Cooper’s Hawk

A Cooper’s Hawk I spotted on a walk around the neighborhood.

I heard a *lot* of sparrows chirping in a tree behind a house. Then this hawk flew up and perched on the nearest telephone pole and the sparrows all just dropped silent. It stayed up there for a few minutes, then flew to the next pole, then flew off out of view.

The photos aren’t great, but I like that I managed to catch it this clearly. The last one I saw, I only had my phone with me.

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As I was walking through a residential neighborhood, I heard a *lot* of sparrows chirping in a tree behind a house. Then this bird flew up and perched on the nearest telephone pole and the sparrows all just dropped silent. It stayed up there for a few minutes, then flew to the next pole, then flew off out of view.

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Sunset over the ocean.

Sunset over the ocean. In the zoomed shot, just moments after sunset, you can see the silhouette of Santa Barbara Island. There’s a park up in the hills that also has a clear view of the ocean, where you can see the more distant San Nicolas Island next to it. But down here near sea level, it’s below the horizon.

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