feeder birds before the storm, Delta County
- The birds know it is coming. The last few weeks, the office feeder has been rather dismal, species-wise, with juncos, mountain chickadees, and a handful of house sparrows dominating. Other visitors have included EC doves, house finches, a magpie, a downy, and a pair of white-breasted nuthatches. And rock squirrels, but I think I have sufficiently discouraged them. There was a single white-crowned immature earlier this fall, but it has been absent for a couple weeks. Today's new birds for the fall, though, included two American goldfinches, a brown creeper, a song sparrow, and a Lewis' woodpecker.
My hope is that the sooty and red fox sparrows that visited last December in the cold snap come back this year.
Dennis GarrisonPaonia, Delta County