As a birdwatcher, it is always exciting when I spot something I've never seen before, especially when it comes to my feeder. This past week, I noticed a new visitor.
Sorry about the quality. I was shooting through a foggy window. At first, I mistook it for a female goldfinch. But a closer look made me realize that the beak was all wrong. Finches have pale fat, seed crushing beaks. This was a bird I had never seen before!
As luck would have it, our homeschooling nature class had just done bird identification. I called the kids to the window to see if they recognized it. No, they didn't. We would need to do some research. We pulled out our three field guides and started looking at mug shots. By this time, the bird had flown away, and since I didn't think to take a picture that first time, I had to rely on my memory. I used a site called What Bird? I highly recommend this site if you've taken a picture of your bird or have an excellent memory. Having neither, I hoped the bird would come back.
The next time it came to our feeder I was ready for it. The picture above was one of several shots I took. With the photo as a reference, I THINK I've identified it as a yellow throated vireo. I welcome other birders' opinions if you know what I have here. Any way you look at it, I have one more bird for my life list on E-Bird.
We love our regular visitors as well. This hawk was sitting in a tree across the street today. I hope the squirrels are careful.