When I arrived home, I sat down with one of our bird books and began searching. Not long into my search I found what I was looking for. I called my wife over and showed her the picture on the page - Western Kingbird.
During lunch the next day, I moseyed out onto our nature walk with my camera hoping the birds I saw previously were still around. I wanted a closeup photo to verify their identification. I was pretty certain they were Western Kingbirds, but the Western Kingbird looks very similar to a couple other Kingbirds, specifically the Cassin's and Couch's Kingbirds.
As luck would have it, I managed to walk about 20 feet before seeing two of the birds sitting on some of the power lines coming into the plant. I quickly snapped a few photos and then began waiting to see if they would provide me a closeup opportunity. As I waited, I was able to identify six Kingbirds buzzing around, which I thought was pretty cool considering I'd never seen one until the day before.
I watched closely as one of the Kingbirds finally landed close to where I was standing. I slowly brought my camera up and began snapping photos while walking very slowly toward it. I was surprised to see the Kingbird remain perched as I crept closer and closer. Then I got another surprise as I noticed a spider (at least it looked like a spider) sitting on the bird's back. Yes, you read that correctly, a spider getting a piggyback ride on the back of a Western Kingbird. Nature never fails to amaze!