I had an unusual week. On Monday, I was out driving the back roads. I had been seeing a number of American Kestrels. Not unusual. As the car approaches their location (mostly perched on wires), they always take to the air and move to a new location on the wire. As I slowly made my way along a dirt road. I saw what I thought was another Kestrel. But this bird did not take to the air as I drove pass. So I stopped the car to see if I could get a picture. It seemed a little odd that the bird did not fly off. I started towards it, taking photos, getting closer and closer. Eventually when I was almost under it, the bird did fly off. Something about this bird seemed different. Today, I showed the photo to a friend. We both agreed that it did not look like a Kestrel. This afternoon, I put the photos on the computer. The only bird down here like a Kestrel is the Aplomado Falcon. Sure enough. The photos confirmed my ID.
This morning, I went to the library before 8 am. Residents here in our RV Resort have been reporting seeing parrots in the bird garden that is behind the library. I put out some peanuts in the shell on one of the feeders. 5 minutes later, a Red-crowned Parrot flew down and landed on the feeder and started eating the peanuts. I took this picture of the parrot.