To end my "year in review" I've chosen a few bird photos - I became a bit of a bird nerd this year. The Mourning Dove (and chicks) in the top left photo is one of the pair that raised 8 chicks on our veranda this summer. I'm guessing they'll be back in residence around the middle of March.
top row l-r: Mourning Dove, female Northern Cardinal, male American Goldfinch bottom row l-r: male Mallard, male House Finch, Red Tailed Hawk
top: Mourning Dove, male Downy Woodpecker bottom: male American Goldfinch, male Blue Jay