Practically everything with feathers is nesting in my yard somewhere. Quail in the sages, ducks in the bushes, mockingbirds and scrubjays duking it out in the guava. There’s probably an ostrich in the valley I haven’t noticed yet.

This guy is a hooded oriole (Icterus cucullatus) whose mate is nesting in the orange tree behind him. He keeps an eye on me when I’m working from our back deck.