We were so excited last night to see a small flock of Pine Siskins fly into the yard. We have missed them in their absence. There were about 15-20 Siskins in the yard and they stayed for quite a while. I hope they are here for the winter! Last year, we didn't see any Pine Siskins until Dec 1st. It's great to have them visiting again.
Other than the Siskins, we have also noticed the Cedar Waxwings hanging around again, White-Crowned Sparrows are daily visitors and we even had a Black-Crowned Night Heron fly over the house 2 nights ago!
So, here are some pics from the yard this week and we are keeping an Eagle-eye out for new visitors ('tis the season). Good birding.
The first Pine Siskins that we have seen in months! They have quite a bit of yellow on them this fall.
They were always one of our favorite, and most numerous, visitors.
They didn't hesitate about going to the birdbath. They weren't in the yard more than 1 or 2 minutes and they swarmed the water.
The Downy Woodpecker is also a daily visitor now. He prefers this suet log more than any of the other feeders (obviously, I have not been putting enough suet in it).
A female Bushtit holding very still for the camera.
After making a "pishing" noise, she came out to see what all the fuss was about.
A large flock of Cedar Waxwings over the house.
This is (I'm assuming) a House Finch. He just has the oddest tail I have ever seen on one. He seems to have the tail from 2 different birds. Weird.
A Lesser Goldfinch bathing while 2 Pine Siskins look on.
The Lessers will only drink this way now. The will use the water to bathe but, if they want a drink, they fly up to the drip line and drink.
The are always fun to watch.