Holy hooters, it's a burrowing owl! I had to get home and zoom one of the photos to even tell what it was...yes, I know what an owl is, but at that distance, angle, poor lighting...just could not tell what it was. Definitely an exciting find. I saw a much bigger owl but didn't get a photo, ARG. I spooked it from a nearby tree, and it spooked me right back, then promptly flew away. I must work on that lift-point-shoot reaction time.
Even with a little more cooperation than they normally give, I had a hard time getting a good shot of a barn swallow. Several were sunning on the barb wire in one spot, but I kept a safe distance to get any pics...any closer and they flew further down the line.
Ok, finally I know what this little bird is...a grasshopper sparrow! I have a pic in my July 1st post (Caroline, you were right about it being a sparrow)...I see a lot of these, thought it was a young meadowlark LOL! Ok, I know, I'm terribly green...it's that spot of yellow on their eyebrow that threw me...and the bits of yellow this fellow has makes it easier to ID as the grasshopper sparrow.
I'd been wanting a shot of a bird on a hay bale...finally this brown-headed cowbird obliged me.