Then I wandered around to the kitchen window and found some scrub jays -- note that our California version doesn't have the interesting mosaic pattern on the wings the way the midwestern ones do. We have another variety that is very dark all over and crested; I'll try to catch a picture one of these days. (pay no attention to the weeds...)
For the end of the wildlife tour, here's one of our favorite pests, cleaning up under the bird feeder.
The green beauty finally got sewn together! Thanks for all the advice... of course I didn't take most of it! I used a Karen Stone setting from her Cinco de Mayo quilt, which Helen had posted on her blog last week. I like the combination of symmetry and dimensionality in this one.