As windy a spring day as I can remember; my low-reading anemometer
topped 30 MPH in a rain squall this afternoon. The finches are having
trouble hanging on to their (thistle) socks.
Mixed in with my normal sparrow hordes the last few days have been
both male and female Brown-headed Cowbirds, the first in several years.
Also had a super bright and spiffy male Black-headed Grosbeak just
now, the first of the year here.
I have been having some female Red-winged Blackbirds to go with the
much more numerous males. Two or three of these have markedly orange-
buff throats, something I don't remember noticing before; only Sibley
of my several books mentions this coloration and then only as "throat
often washed pinkish-orange."