However, I'd be remiss if I didn't start out with some rarity talk. While I was in NY, a Code 4 BROWN SHRIKE was found and reported back here in California. It has stuck around for several weeks which is really not surprisingly considering it probably has spent the past winter there despite being found only recently. When I returned from NY, Ashley and I ventured up to have a look:
As we watched the shrike from across the ravine, people weren't too interested to see THIS shrike right in front of us. I assume it's a second BROWN SHRIKE... I mean, it's brown and has a slightly hooked-bill. That's all you need to know, right? SCORE. I'm such a good birder.
Some birds are already in the thick of chick-rearing; the local ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRDS in my neighborhood have already fledged a brood (and it's not uncommon to see 6 different hummingbirds at my feeders in a given day). In fact, the family rolls in and does a good job at draining my hummingbird feeder in short order. The local geese and ducks have hatched chicks as well such as this "mostly" MALLARD: