Ok, I don't know what I was complaining about last week- it seems all my yard birds are back and better than ever... The first thing I noticed this morning was a junco that didn't look quite right. It looks very similar to a Cassiar Dark-eyed Junco but I'm not sure.
My windows are double-pained and warped in spots so most of my window photos come out blurry. Boo. But you get the idea.
Then there was another junco with a dark ring around his neck.. I thought it might be juvenile Oregon junco starting to get his dark hood?
And yet another junco- this one stood out because it seemed so pale compared to the rest- maybe a female Oregon or Slate-colored?
And then there were plenty of regular Oregon Dark-eyed Juncos...
Also in my yard today: Bushtits, Black-capped Chickadees, one scrub-jay, two Northern Flickers (including the hybrid), Anna's Hummingbird, House Sparrows, robins, all three pairs of Brewer's Blackbirds, starlings, and lots of gulls overhead. Not too shabby.... Hoping the White-crowned Sparrow will return!