.Like most birders, I spend a lot of time looking for, watching and blogging about "interesting" birds; in other words, birds that we don't see often in our area and that I have to make a special effort to find. When it comes to our everyday birds, I often don't mention them unless I see them doing something "interesting," such as mating. This is a pity because some of our most common birds are always worthy of attention.
The Northern Cardinal - or "Red Bird" as people here call it - is a case in point. There are surely few birds anywhere that can match the male Cardinal for sheer beauty of plumage and yet I rarely bother to . Here are a few shots of one of our resident male Cardinals.
I didn't have time for much birding on the weekend but during lunch outdoors with friends in Cypress I had a sighting of a Swainson's Hawk. That's year bird #189.
I've been seeing a lot of butterflies lately, including lots of Swallowtails passing through our yards.