Here is a nest that is at a local business park which has a lake and a fountain which you can hear in the background. These four little nestlings wait patiently to be fed. You can hear a Mourning Dove's wings whistle as it flies away, and a House Sparrow chip in the background. Barn Swallows eat insects and spiders they catch on the wing. These Barn Swallow parents swoop low over the water with mouths open until they catch enough bugs to make a nutritious little insect pellet and then they feed it to a lucky nestling.
This is my first attempt at editing a video. Took a lot of video and put it together and edited it on Vista's Movie Maker. I tried to catch the story of one unobtrusive little gopher who became the center of attention and thereby brought together parents and children in understanding and relating to him. Here's how it came about: My Mom and I went walking in Huntington Central Park late one morning and as we came to Alice's Breakfast in the Park restaurant, we saw a gopher hole and then a gopher popped out. A distracted father at the beginning of the video is talking on his cell phone and it almost seems like the gopher is saying, "Hello." The gopher himself elicited varied reactions from the kids. Some kids were scared, some fascinated, some thought the gopher adorable, and one thought the gopher was "The most awesomeist thing in the world!" It was a great time for the parents and their kids and one social butterfly of a gopher! Frankly, for me, the relationship of parents and children is the awesomeist thing in the world. You can see the whole post in which it is embedded at My Birding Blog http://ocbirderca.blogspot.com/2008/03/gopher-visits-alices.html
This is a cooperative feeding technique seen often in Northern Shovelers called Pinwheeling. The unusual thing about this group is the size. I counted more than a hundred in this group. Usually, I have seen one to six Northern Shovelers foraging in a whirling circle like this. They stir up the water and the food so that they can feed more easily. This group is really stirring up the water. This was at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, California.
This is a White-crowned Sparrow feeding on the ground at San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine, California. White-crowned Sparrows are common fall and winter birds in Orange County and the rest of Southern California.