Male Nuttall's woodpecker checks out nestbox near backyard, but hammers on it loudly, obviously feeling it needs major modifications - fortunately this is one of the store bought boxes, and not one that I made (so that I did not have to feel responsible for any defects of construction).
Walking in a new to me park, saw this Red-shouldered hawk in an oak tree overlooking the path I was on
Also took a stroll at the Ellis Creek Water Treatment Facility, in Petaluma
Cooper's Hawk near front porch
Cooper's hawk makes an early evening low pass over side yard near front porch, scattering a small group of dark-eyed juncos that had been feeding on the ground, and coming to rest on the fence post.
(Above): White-breasted nuthatch finds a seed in a tree branch, near private drive, Furlong Rd (Below): Dark-eyed junco on oak tree with new leaves beginning to bud, near the Farm
Western Meadowlark close-ups
While birding near the Napa River and the Hudeman Slough area, came across this Western Meadowlark - usually pretty frantically shy bird - that let me get a series of close up photos!
Surprised this small hawk on a recent walk through one of the orchards - we saw each other at the same time, so it took off pretty fast, only got a few photos...but my research suggests it was a Merlin hawk, which are in the county here, more so in the winter months.
Short walk through the Laguna, early afternoon
Heard rumors there were Allen sightings already, due to the unseasonable spring weather - last year, the first one I spotted was in March
Tolay Lake Regional Park - Tree swallows and Western Bluebirds already showing nesting behavior - good thing I've started putting next boxes up on the property.
Overcast day, so some of the photos reflect that, but many of the ducks and birds were active feeding or resting ahead of a storm that was arriving later in the day or night in the area.
A pair of white-tailed kites were hunting in the area, perched at times on a small tree near the duck ponds.