The one bird species that immediately capture our attention when we first arrived was the Black-Billed Magpie (Pica Pica). We simply don't have the birds back East. Slightly smaller than the Common Raven, they definitely catch the eye with their colours. It was also the first bird I was able to positively identify using my guidebook. We see a lot of them around the property and the area around the school. If I'm lucky, I can get the odd decent picture of them in the short grass before they head up into the trees. I took a number of pictures of them during my first week here. Often it was a hit or miss ordeal. This shot is a bit fuzzy but still the best of the bunch that I've taken so far. We look forward to seeing more of these year-round residents.
In addition to the Black-Billed Magpie and the ubiquitous Raven, we've also seen Canada Geese (Branta canadiensis), what I believe was a Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) and a variety of different sparrows, though they move way too fast for my eye distinguish individual species.