I was watching this bird through my office window yesterday, hoping to get a shot or two. I believe it’s a Common Flicker, as best as I can identify it with my bird field guide. (If I’m wrong, please feel free to correct me.) S/he is fluffed up because of the wind. I managed a couple of photos before it flew away.
Before going back to my desk, I marveled at how beautiful the sky was — perfectly blue and cloudless. I panned the camera to take a shot, and what caught my eye but these open buds on a large maple tree near the parking lot! It’s amazing what two days of sun can do!