Adult male Purple Martin, posing just right.
Tree Swallow pair seems to have decided on a gourd this year, rather than a wooden nest box.
I heard a familiar song, repeated couplets, and found this bird. At the very tippy-top of the tallest tree, this picture isn't the greatest, but I hope you recognize the Brown Thrasher by his classic silhouette. He is my FOS (First Of Season) Brown Thrasher of 2009.
I know you know this guy,
Newer birders are often confused by female red-wingeds. They really don't look much like the males at all, and the fact that the two migrate on different timetables add to the problem. The boys return to their breeding grounds first, to establish their territories, and the girls come along later. Yesterday was the first day I have seen females.