I captured my first of this species the other day. I had about ten minutes to photograph this fella. He didn't stay around long. The lighting conditions were challenging since it was a shady area with harsh beams of light coming from all angles. He eventually came into a shady spot where I could get some even light. I'll try for a better grade shot IF I can find more.
I had left on a family vacation and had to leave my Blue Grosbeak files on hold. Just catching up and will be posting more here and there....I left this one with the golden light where it perched on this clean sunflower stem.
Last year when I headed up to the Sierras I dipped on this pair of nesting Hairy Woodpeckers. I got up early that morning and watched them bring in all sorts of grubs and moths to the nestlings inside the tree to the left. Both parents landed on this dead piece of tree often times before flying to the nest to the left to feed. This spot offered clean looks. Took a ton that morning as action was very busy. Unfortunately, the babies weren't quite big enough to poke their heads out at the time. Click image for better clarity :)