Spotted a Gold Finch earlier today in the staging tree that they use right before they make the final jump to our feeders. Hopefully that is a good sign that we will be visited by the feisty Pine Siskins again this year that are often seen flocking with Gold Finches.
One of the first little Black-capped Chickadees (Poecile atricapillus) to check out our feeders this winter! So cute!
Once the Chickadees arrive, I knew it wasn't going to be long before the cute little Titmice showed up. You can always count on the little Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) to follow the Chickadees to the feeders.
One of a large troop of Blue Jays (Cyanocita cristata) that we see on a daily basis. They are such handsome birds, and quite vocal. You always hear them way before you see them! We don't often see them at the feeders, as they prefer eating off the old stump we use as a feeding platform.
I can't get over how small little Chipping Sparrows (Spizella passerina) are!
Got a descent shot of an Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) sitting in the staging tree. So exciting because they are such a rare visitor to the garden!
The following is a pic of a juvenile black vulture from a large colony that roosts in the trees at the back of our property. Seems to be just getting its wings, as we have watched it's rather clumsy attempts to fly up to the top of our shed. Have also spotted one of its parents trying to feed it on the ground, and I'm sure it won't be long before it rejoins the colony.