This is a male California Quail - a short-legged, plump bird with a comma-shaped crest. In the spring, the females will lay about 13-14 eggs and they are so much fun to watch when they are scurrying about.
These photos were taken a few years ago when some wood ducks joined our mallards at the river. I haven't seen any wood ducks since.
This photo was taken a few years ago when we had a beautiful barred owl frequenting one of our parks.
One of our numerous scrub jays stealing peanuts.