This Bell's Sparrow was photographed at the Salt Creek State Park at Salton Sea. When it sings, it perches up on the top of a bush, but otherwise mostly runs on the ground with its tail raised. It used to be named Sage Sparrow, but a few years ago the species was "split" into two species, the Bell's Sparrow and the Sagebrush Sparrow. I wasn't sure which this was, because they are so similar, but its song confirmed it was Bell's.
This shrike was photographed at Salton Sea on January 1st of this year.
While birding at Salton Sea I spotted a few of these very tiny flitty birds. I've never gotten good photos of them before (most of those I took were terrible, hidden in the bushes) but this one showed just how perky and cute they are.