Our yards finally got busy again yesterday: 6 White-winged Doves, 5-6 House Finches, 2 Carolina Wrens, 2 Carolina Chickadees, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Northern Cardinal, a Northern Mockingbird, a male Downy Woodpecker, a male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Plus a flyover by a Turkey Vulture.
Probably because we've been away, all of the birds were very skittish and difficult to photograph. Exceptions were a very red male House Finch and a good-looking male Northern Cardinal.
Late in the afternoon, a Northern Mockingbird came to our backyard fence to beg for peanut butter.
Unfortunately, he/she wandered away just before I smeared some butter on the fence and by the time he/she came back, a squirrel had cleared the fence.
However, the Mockingbird was ready and waiting a little while later when I put out a second load. As the photos show, he/she was a very dainty eater.