It all started on Sunday with this male House Finch on our feeder.
Then today after work I popped over to Southside Park as a fellow bird nerd told me it would be worth stopping by. For starters I saw this pair of Canada Geese. They were regal but quite common around here year round.
Then I caught this Ring-billed Gull in flight with a sizeable scrap of something in it's bill.
Then finally the trip paid off - Hooded Mergansers. Left a female, right a male (crest down)and at the top of the photo a male with it's crest up.
But the sighting that caused the biggest stir in our house today happened as Geoff and I were standing in the kitchen supper time. He touched me on the shoulder, pointed to our front door and said "look!". Lo and behold....
We're hoping this is one of the pair of Mourning Doves that have nested here since the 2009. Last year we only saw one pair of chicks raised on this window sill and it was my fault. After the chick fledged I thought it would be a good idea to remove the nest so that the adults could build anew. BAD move. They didn't return to our house but set up housekeeping at our neighbours. Fingers crossed for this year.