A few days ago we had our first influx of winter birds at the feeders. They came in a mixed group mid-morning, and stayed about half an hour. I was surprised at the variety we saw.
This chickadee actually showed up before we put seeds in the feeders. Made me wonder if they can remember the feeders from one year to the next.
Then the pair of Blue Jays I shared the other day dropped by. I hope we keep seeing them; the colours are so bright.
We've also had some woodpeckers, this one a Hairy Woodpecker.
And this one, I think, is the smaller species, the Downy Woodpecker.
Both species of nuthatches were part of the group, and have both been back since. This is the White-breasted Nuthatch, mostly blue/grey on the back and white underneath.
The Red-breasted Nuthatch is a rusty brown underneath, and slightly smaller.
For the first time a small flock of Dark-eyed Juncos visited, and stayed around quite a long time, scuffling in the leaves for food.
This is a sparrow who looked away just as I pressed the shutter, but I got a good look at it 'head-on'. I think it was a White-throated sparrow. Here's hoping we get lots more birds over the winter; they will add add a lot of interest to my days.