A Day to Remember

Purple Finch

Yesterday was one of the best days of backyard birding I’ve ever experienced. In the morning, I set up a new awning over the platform feeder and was worried it might deter the birds, but instead I had more traffic on the platform than I’ve ever seen. It might have been the awning, but it also might have been the Choice Plus Blend I dumped in the tray when I removed the hopper feeder (more likely).

Dark-Eyed Junco (Oregon Variant)

In any case we had quite a mix, with Yellow-rumped Warblers (Audubon’s), Dark-eyed Juncos (Oregon Variant), Purple Finches, White-breasted Nuthatches, Bewick’s Wren, White-crowned Sparrows, Oak Titmice, California Scrub Jays, California Towhee, Northern Mockingbirds, Mourning Doves, Lesser Goldfinches, and about two dozen American Goldfinches. A number of Cedar Waxwings were also high up in our Privet munching on berries and making a mess on the deck like they do. What a day!

Yellow-Rumped Warbler (Audubon’s)

Lesser Goldfinch (Male)