The Juncos have swarmed into our feeders en masse.  I have no idea 
how many we're getting because I haven't gotten the leaves off the 
lawn yet, so it's hard to tell what's going on, but our predominant 
birds in the yard right now are goldfinches, dark-eyed juncos and 
white-throated sparrows.  We also have our usual supply of 
goldfinches, some house finches and a few purple finches, along with 
tufted titmouses, white-breasted nuthatches and lots of bc chicadees.

I'm assuming that the plumage on this junco:

is just transitional plumage, but I've never noticed it so strikingly 
vivid before.

I also got some nice pictures of a white-throated sparrow yesterday. 
All of the 10/23 pics are at:

On the 20th, our resident hawk was in full view and I got some nice 
pictures of it:

In OT news, we did a Sunday trip to Plum Island.  Didn't get a -lot- 
of pictures (the wind was prohibitive) but did get some amazing looks 
at a Northern Harrier by the Pines platform and a ruby-crowned 


If I have time, I'm planning to check out the Westmoreland, NH, 
Rufous Hummingbird in the next day or two.

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