Late Winter Birds 3-9-15

Lawrence's Goldfinch 3-9-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinch 3-9-15

We’re beginning to see the early Spring migrant birds, as well as lingering Winter birds.  Lawrence’s Goldfinches showed up several days ago, the same birds, I believe as the three I saw this morning.

Lawrence's Goldfinches 3-9-15

Lawrence’s Goldfinches 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

This Hooded Oriole showed up on March 8, pretty much right on time.  Last year, they arrived on February 24.  This stunning male has been in my yard most of today, partaking of hummingbird nectar, orange slices, and grape jelly, as well as hunting bugs in the yard.

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Hooded Oriole 3-9-15

Evening Grosbeaks 3-9-15

Evening Grosbeaks 3-9-15

This pair of Evening Grosbeaks showed up a couple of weeks ago, and were last seen on February 25.

Female Evening Grosbeak 3-9-15

Female Evening Grosbeak 3-9-15

Costa's Hummingbird 3-8-15

Costa’s Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

 

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Rufous Hummingbird 3-8-15

Hermit Thrush 3-8-15

Hermit Thrush 3-8-15

Northern Harrier Male 3-8-15

Northern Harrier Male 3-8-15

Alfredo Binda

Alfredo Binda

Alfredo Binda was, arguably, the greatest bicycle racer of all time.  He dominated the Giro d’Italia so much that he was offered the first place money to not race.  Other riders would not care to compete against him.  They all used drugs.