After arriving, it didn't take too long for me to notice all the wildlife in the back yard and send Jack to get my binocs for me. A pair of cardinals wanting attention, a song sparrow or two, and a groundhog(!) all were hanging out in the back yard. Once I had them, I was quickly talked into taking the path around, so off I went! :-)
The first bird of note was this white-breasted nuthatch, a first for me. So pretty! Later there were a pair of them by a feeder, they were pretty shy and snuck up on the feeder slowly. A quick raid and they were on their way!
At the pond there were a bunch of swallows flying around showing off, being way too fast. There were 2 kinds and one was quite a bit larger, so maybe those were purple martins? The others had a light-ish looking underside. Yep, that's all I got. :-) Couldn't get pictures, couldn't even get a decent look at the binocs. This is clearly too advanced a bird for me, but I'll keep trying anyway!
There were also several doves around, hanging out in the trees with the robins. Not a lot of sparrows, and the ones I saw were mostly song sparrows. Weird how many house sparrows I see in the city, and I think I only saw maybe 5 here including all the times I went out.
It was really a nice start to the weekend. :-)