This has been one of the busiest falls in the backyard in recent years, with sparrows and finches in large numbers, including some of the winter finches (subject of this week's column). Note: in the captions, I indicate relative numbers in the yard.
|American Goldfinch (common) and Pine Siskin (very common)|
|White-crowned Sparrow - juvenile (uncommon)|
|Little Brown Birds (l to r): Song Sparrow (very common), Purple Finch - female (common), White-throated Sparrow (abundant). Also, Dark-eyed Junco (abundant)|
|Blue Jay - a year-round resident? or visitor from the north? (very common)|
|White-breasted Nuthatch - year-round resident (common)|
|Tufted Titmouse - year-round resident (common)|