Breakfast at the backyard feeder

It’s a gray, drizzly morning and rain is in the forecast for tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if this fall/winter season proves what seemed to be a trend last year – more activity at the feeder when the weather is bad.

This morning there was a 15 minute flurry of activity beginning with my first ever sighting of Brown Towhees in the yard. While I was focusing on them, the White Crowned Sparrows that I had heard for the first time last weekend made their appearance. Then the Mourning Doves dropped in one by one. At one point there were twelve on the ground. The House Sparrows & House Finches fought over spots on the feeder, but all others were content on the ground. Then as I was snapping away I saw a small bland brown bird and did my best to focus and snap a shot before it fluttered away. House Wren! First positive ID of one in the yard.

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