Recently, the trees near the Fiesta Market in Sebastopol have been very active. It's been fun to look up and see these species in between errands:
Female Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana). Do you think she's perched in a crabapple?
There were male bluebirds nearby, too (see next image).
Then I followed a very high-pitched call and found these birds sitting high in a bare-branched tree:
Here's a closer view of a Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum):
And one from behind that highlights the lemon yellow tail band and the crimson red tips on the wing feathers for which the species is named.
Although I had to dodge some cars in the parking lot to get these bird pictures, it was nice to have a little natural history mixed into my chores last weekend. And in this case, we were all "shopping" for fruit!