This looks like a black phoebe's nest on the side of the main farm building.
Black Phoebe hunting for insects on tractor seat perch, near nest on the farm.
Still in pursuit of young quail photos, there was a group with this bird, but they flushed low into the brush, on the far side of lower orchard.
While on the lower orchard side of property, one of the red-tail hawks dropped pretty low to check me out, they might have an active nest!
Last year the red-tails produced two fledgling hawks from a nest in the eucalyptus grove across from lower orchard.
While still in lower orchard, also saw our Cooper's hawk again, couldn't get any closer for a better photo.
Must be a very young dove, since it let me get pretty close. Usually these birds are super shy.
Hawks have been more active lately, it seems.
Here is the red-shouldered hawk on favorite perch, usually also keening.
Nuthatch fledglings still being fed by parents at suet feeders, on a regular basis.
Violet-green swallow giving me the once-over because I'm standing near its nest.
The opening to their nest is on the bottom of the branch, a little tricky to navigate, but not for these expert flyers.
Then there's this sleek flyer, the oak titmouse, shooting across backyard in search of sunflower seeds...