Last year I didn’t find these guys until December 20. This one needs a better wig. I found about 6 of these birds in the bare-earth ag fields on the south side of Old US 80 between the Highland Center and the two rustic homes with the wonderful tumbleweed displays. The birds were widely distributed as they foraged.
I’m surprised that I have not seen a Vesper Sparrow earlier. It’s a close relative to the very common Savannah sparrow. I found 2 while looking for the Mountain Bluebirds.
Cedar Waxwings usually show up in gangs to raid my pyracanthas.
I see this Fox Sparrow in my yard every couple of days. He scratches at the leaf litter, like a towhee, with his gigantic feet.
The Myrtle Warbler, left, is the eastern variety of the common-as-dirt Yellow-rumped Warbler. The western version is called “Audubon’s Warbler.”