I don't have the most "natural" of scenery in my backyard. But I've got a few bird feeders, and they can bring some photogenic characters. So when I felt like shooting this afternoon I went the shortest distance from my home ever -- less than one foot out my patio door.
Mourning dove didn't get any closer than our neighbor's gutter. CHICKEN.
goldfinch comes around a lot. I call him Groucho. His wing and tail markings are cool, too.
House Finch did keep a wary eye on me, lest I try to make off with any safflower seed I imagine.
A very relaxing and recharging half an hour just watching the finches come and go!