Visiting my sister and her husband in Georgia - just their backyard is a great bird experience...
In the Chattahoochee Bend State Park, Georgia, a pine warbler, and a Hairy Woodpecker.
A day trip to Pike Road Alabama, the small lake has several Great Blue Herons (p.s. didn't have my best lens for these two photos, but still couldn't resist.)
Half-way decent rainfall last night, definitely enough to at least freshen our super dry landscape...so I took a stroll through the Laguna de Santa Rosa, accessible from Sebastopol.
This looked like a cormorant, and it turned out it was - a double-crested, on a log near the Laguna waterway. Not just a sea bird, apparently.
A small flock of Cedar waxwings (above); as well as many yellow-rumped warblers (below:)
Found this male Downy woodpecker working on a big hole - guess that's what they like to do this time of year...
Hole in the Head, Bodega - yellow-rumped warblers, but this time, not shooting against the bright morning light, so was able to capture these colorful little birds much better.
While I was getting photos of the warblers, a female American Kestrel flew over!!!! (Female has stripes on body instead of spots and a more orange coloring over-all, than the male kestrel).
Surprised a mother deer and her fawn while walking around the pond, these are coastal deer which look somewhat different from the deer on the property.
From the back yard -
The Cherryridge orchards are lucky to have a resident kestrel - around in the fall and winter, he disappears at the beginning of spring, probably to mate and raise a family in another location.
A pair of mallards pass on the waterway, as well as a pied-billed grebe.
The beginning of a hot, October's Day, at Bodega Harbor
Lots of small bird activity at Hole in the Head, Bodega, since the hot morning had brought out a large host of flying insects - yellow-rumped warblers and the warbling vireos were among the birds active in the small shrubs around the large freshwaster pond.