The local botanical garden is filled with new growth. Vines, trees, shrubs, bulbs are in bloom. Birds and lizards and coyotes are to be seen, and the squirrels are fatter than fat. I was walking home from my visit when a rustling caught my ear . . . this guy was just bopping around within feet of me, and luckily I could get his portrait before he flew off to explore new territory. This is a Dark-eyed Junco.