Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon). I learned something interesting today . . . in most places the dark-eyed junco is mostly gray. But in the western part of the country, they look like this. They are one of the most common birds in North America although here we see them mostly in the winter.
I wasn't familiar with this bird so when it showed up in my back yard I had to look it up. It is larger than a sparrow but smaller than a robin and has a distinctive white band around its eye. It is named after John Kirk Townsend who collected the first Townsend's Solitaire along …
It was 30 degrees outside, yet this little guy was hanging out in my back yard. I plan on keeping nectar out for them all winter just in case they stay around all winter.
While enjoying sunset at the pier in San Francisco, several pods of pelicans flew by. This particular pod flew right over the Bay Bridge in perfect formation.