January 3 – 7

The first bird I’ve seen every day this year has been a Dark-eyed Junco. They are by far the most numerous birds at my feeders. I wonder how long the streak will continue?

We had two days of cold weather this week, one wicked cold night, and one day of constant snow flurries leaving the ground with a powdered-sugar glaze. Then back into the unseasonable warmth, two days of highs in the upper 40s. This feels not like winter, but I’ll take it.

Three gray squirrels were fighting over the front window feeder so furiously they, and it, slammed into the glass. That’s going to have to get moved, or I’ll have to Do Something about these pests. The squirrels and starlings are taking up entirely too much food.

Sightings consist entirely of the Backyard Basics. It’s been another housebound week — my last, I hope! Best bird of the week was an orange male House Finch, like the one in this Birdchick post. I only saw it on Wednesday, but I’m keeping a sharp watch for his return. I’d love to get a picture!

Dark-eyed Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, Downy Woodpecker, Tree Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Mourning Dove, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Hairy Woodpecker, House Finch, Song Sparrow, European Starling, White-breasted Nuthatch, Northern Flicker, American Crow, Red-tailed Hawk, Canada Goose.

20 species, 7 new for the year.

At 7:05 AM, today’s first bird was (ta-dah!) a Dark-eyed Junco. Who’da thought?

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