Hello on this drizzling day! (I had tried to send this unsuccessfully early
in the afternoon when it was),
On the 16th we had a flock of 25 Snow Buntings on the road, who then moved
to a farmer's field as we got too close to them on a walk. (Also had 16
robins in the area.)
This week I have had single examples of White-crowned Sparrow,
White-throated Sparrow, Purple Finch and Common Grackle, as well as two
Red-winged Blackbirds, besides the more usual feeder flock (with Tree
Sparrows, 25 House Finches, 3 Tufted Titmice, etc.).
Another surprise was a female Brown-headed Cowbird, just on the 16th.
We also had our first Evening Grosbeaks for the fall, a group of 6
yesterday and today.
Another beautiful bird group today was a group of 9 Cardinals, including 7
Males! I always get a big group visiting over the winter, which will look
even prettier against the white stuff when it comes.
I saw an interesting interaction today between a male Cardinal and a female
Purple Finch who were looking at each other intently and occasionally
pecking at each other's bills. When I first glanced at them I thought one
was feeding the other. I guess they just didn't appreciate each other's
closeness on the hopper feeder (and there won't be any hybrids from those