One of the benefits of my move last year has been the large number of birds that I have discovered in my new back yard. This morning heralded the arrival of a handful of female American Goldfinch, who join the other regulars at my pair of feeders. Among those are House Finch, Juncos (sp?), Chipping Sparrow, Chickadee, Robins, Stellar Jays, Ravens, Magpies, Starlings, Varied Thrush, a trio of Northern Flicker and a few Downey Woodpeckers. Some of my favorites are the California Quail, who traipse through here in an army twice a day. Their scratching is hilarious. We also have a Mourning Dove, a Northern Shrike, and sighted what we believe is a Yellow Winged Blackbird the other day. We've also got a few hawks, eagles, wild turkeys and pheasants around, and later on should see a large number of hummingbirds return. I'm feeding black seasame seeds in the feeders, with a combination of grains on the ground. I really need to get a digital camera to capture some of these birds, as they are pretty marvelous. I could also use a good spotting scope, as my 8x35 binoculars don't allow enough zoom to see who is in some of my further trees. Anyone else fascinated by their bird life?