This Chickadee looks a little windswept, but I did get close enough to see the feathers and the eye.
And just today for the first time I can remember this winter, we had a White-breasted Nuthatch visit the feeder. I hear them as I walk round the neighbourhood, but they haven't been spending time in our yard!
Just for comparison I think I've also learned to identify the female Purple Finch. The alternating pattern of brown on top of the head, a white band behind the eye, a brown band and them a bit more white, with brown under the chin, is characteristic compared to the House Finch, and the large chunky bill is quite different from the sharp pointed bill of the Pine Siskin - even though all three are "little brown-striped birds".
And recently we've been getting a lot more Crows, even coming to gather seed off the ground beneath the feeders. I hear a lot of them in the neighbourhood on my morning walk. This one is sitting on our garden fence.
I've been able to look up Grey County bird records on eBird, so I can now predict that I will see ten new species in the next two weeks, now that milder weather is here. I'll let you know how I do, but I'm predicting that I'll see or hear:
American Robins (though a few stay all winter),
Brown-headed Cowbirds, and
European Starlings (though they’re apparently here all year)
plus lots of waterfowl if I can get myself to places that have open water.