At least I think I came close. I saw a flash of red fly over as I was focused on my neighbor's feeder yesterday, hoping to get lucky. It was a bit larger than I was expecting, but it settled at the top of a pole, and I felt it must be a Flicker. Just as I got my camera lined up, it flew off. I still wasn't sure, until I blew up this bit of its tail feathers, the only tantalizing bit captured. I do think it was a Flicker. Maybe tomorrow.I did have fun photographing other birds. I know this is a Finch, although I'm not so sure of its exact name.
And I think this is a Starling, although according to one site, it should have a yellow beak. Mabye it's a Grackle?
I'm not sure what this is, but its silhouette looked elderly, cold, miserable, and sort of sadly bearded.
Song Sparrow? House Sparrow? Tree Sparrow? Well, I think the sparrow part is correct:) Chubby little thing. I wonder if it's fluffed up to stay warmer.
And a tenuous link to the rest of the post, but I liked this decoration hanging in the window at the downtown Wicked Cafe yesterday afternoon. The connection? Don't groan. Starling?
And an aside: Apart from the great lattes, I think I respond to The Wicked's slightly rebellious attitude.