This bird is a scissor-tail flycatcher, though it is hard to see the trade mark scissor tail in this photo. I was exploring an area near where I work, looking for interesting patterns in the grass and concrete (I must have looked really strange). I noticed that all I could hear was birds singing and the wind blowing.
I stopped for a bit to enjoy the sounds of nature. For the first time in a while, I couldn’t hear any modern noises even though I was still in the heart of civilization.
The birds were difficult to approach, but they had no problem letting me drive up to them at a steady 5 mph. If anyone saw a guy in a grey Accord driving slow slow circles around a parking lot with his head out the window and camera in hand…. that was me. Please don’t put video up on YouTube.