I believe this is a female belted kingfisher. While the range maps say that they are in the area year round, I have not seen one in my backyard before today! I only have a point and shoot but it has a pretty good zoom and I was able to get a good enough picture to identify it.
Also another picture of spring blooms. The tulip magnolia is now blooming. It went from tiny little buds to open blooms in about 3 days. Amazing!