I am currently reading my way through a long list of science fiction and fantasy titles. (http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138938145/science-fiction-and-fantasy-finalists if you are interested in the list).
First bird photo from my Mexico trip!
Officially, this is Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. However, it seemed that wherever we stopped and started making some noise to attract birds, an owl showed up. The species became known as Unavoidable Pygmy-Owl to our tour group.
Love these little guys!