|Backyard, June 15, 2013|
|Backyard, May 2005, pre-occupancy|
|Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel enjoying an earthworm|
|Pondering what to eat next...|
Being outside most the day also allows us to observe what birds visit or flyover the yard. While I typically find our yard birds rather mundane, our proximity to the Bark River does provide some variety with raptors, geese, shorebirds and ducks making flights over the house. We don't keep an official yard list. However today we did have our first ever Osprey pass over. Our house is also close to a sizable Chimney Swift roost and there appears to be a reliable small population of Common Nighthawks in the area. Both these species are usually present daily in the warmer months. I've even once come home to find a Common Nighthawk roosting on our dormer.
An evening in the yard usually ends with Common Nighthawks heard or seen overhead. Tonight was no exception with three Common Nighthawks performing aerial displays and calling over the house before I retired for the evening.