Last February a pair of Evening Grosbeaks showed up at my birdbath, and hung around until April. Today, a pair showed up at my bird bath again. I strongly suspect that these are the same birds who wintered here last winter. Returning to the same local, or yard, to spend the winter is not uncommon among birds. Perhaps one of them is a returning bird, and the other is a new partner. I dunno.
This is a bird that’s been on my radar for a while. Paul Lehman found them in the ditch between the town and the ag fields to the east in 2012 (or thereabouts). I’ve looked for this bird in every flock of its cousins, the too-common white-crowned sparrow. Today in my yard I caught a glimpse of a sparrow that didn’t look quite right, and with some patience, which I abhor, I finally got some looks and crappy pics (in deep shade) of a nice bird. Yard bird #125.
The sparrow seemed fond of nyger seed and spent considerable time feeding on a pile of seeds I had discarded last month.
Also seen today in my yard was a FOS Fox sparrow. It likes to scratch through the leaf litter like a towhee or thrasher.
A pine Siskin showed up last week and stayed two days. Today it returned.