The last two months have been the best I’ve ever known for birds in our yards.
All of our normal residents have been showing up regularly: Northern Mockingbird, Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, House Finch, Downy Woodpecker, White-winged Dove and House Sparrow.
Male House Sparrow
Female House Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker, Blue Jay and Northern Cardinal used to be regulars but then almost completely disappeared last fall. However, all three species have now started visiting our yards again.
Our normal winter residents have been present again this winter: Pine Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Rufous Hummingbird, American Goldfinch and Cedar Waxwing.
The exception has been Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Unfortunately, last spring we had to cut down the elm tree in our front yard and this seems to have persuaded the Sapsuckers to spend the winter months elsewhere.
We added a new yard bird in January - Brown-headed Nuthatch. We've had at least four at one time.
Two irruptive species have appeared this year: Red-breasted Nuthatch and Pine Siskin. Only a few Pine Siskins turned up and they didn't stay very long. However, the Red-breasted Nuthatches (like the Brown-headed) arrived in early January and have been coming to our feeders ever since.
As happens every winter, we have also had occasional visits by a few other species. In February these occasional visitors were Eastern Phoebe, American Robin, Mourning Dove, Eastern Bluebird, Eurasian Collared-Dove, Tufted Titmouse and Cooper’s Hawk.
BTW, most days we see a few flyovers also. The most common of these are Black and Turkey Vulture, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Double-crested Cormorant and Red-shouldered Hawk.