I did not receive from VTBIRD the post I sent this morning, so I am resending it – apologies if this duplicates for you – but it is also an update.
About Noon today in the backyard, Snow Bunting in wonderful white plumage. Also, small flock of Fox Sparrows moving in the neighborhood along the Rock River.
Plus, Pine Siskins (15+) returned to the feeders.
Repeating earlier post:
In my South Newfane backyard, American Tree Sparrow appeared yesterday – a sign of winter’s approach.
Also – a third Fox Sparrow is scratching among the flower canes and beneath the feeders.
Most sparrows have moved on.
Juncos (40+) are about half the numbers of 2 weeks ago. Only a few (2-8 per species) remain of Song, White-throated, White-crowned, and Chipping Sparrows
Year-round birds, and/or migrants who have replaced the summer residents, include (with minimum numbers):
Mourning Dove -30
Rock Pigeon - 12
Blue Jays -12
Evening Grosbeak - 12
Northern Cardinal - 5
Black-capped Chickadee - 8
Tufted Titmouse – 4
Hairy Woodpecker – 2
Downy Woodpecker – 4
White-breasted Nuthatch – 4
American Goldfinch – 15
American Crow – 4
Common Grackle – 1
European Starling – 2
Pine Siskins and Purple Finch seem to have moved on, or at least have not been present when I have been watching.