Today, on a hike to Lake Mountain, Steve spotted the red-naped sapsucker shown above. Since we didn't even know there was such a bird until we matched the photo to the name in a bird book, it was quite a find. This bird is considered a "keystone" species because it drills holes in trees that will produce sap consumed by many other species.
A few days ago, on Pole Mountain, we saw a bird flying out of the bushes and discovered a robin's nest.
A robin parent looked on with agitation while we took photos. Sorry the photo is blurry, but this is the actual nervous parent. I'm sure she/he was relieved when we left.
Meadowlarks flit around our pasture routinely, then perch for awhile on an old fence post or on the irrigation wheel line. I love their lilting song. I also love this photo and was eagerly awaiting a chance to use it in a post!