One Starling, a quail and a hunter

The last two days I’ve seen a Starling at the feeder and water bowl. We don’t usually get them in the yard. I got a few decent shots. They’re such pretty little birds. The bright snow is definitely giving me trouble still.

I also saw the quail with the huge patches of missing feathers in the yard. While I was sneaking outside for a better look the yard got buzzed by a hawk. Talk about chaos!! I had quail and sparrows coming at me and a hawk through the yard. Everything managed to escape (I think) and I attempted an unsuccessful hawk in flight shot.