Well, maybe not literally (it actually rained quite a bit), but figuratively. I have never seen so much action in the yard, both in terms of sheer numbers of birds and the diversity of species. There was sustained pandemonium among the usual scores of juncos and chickadees. The above house finch arrived with a very orange variant and and a couple of females. A lone house sparrow (a first time visitor) made an appearance, as did a few golden-crowned sparrows (uncommon in the yard), and a song sparrow (a semi-regular). A downy woodpecker (another first time vistor) spent some time on the suet feeder, and along with a couple of flickers (regulars) did a great deal of damage. A pair of robins (regulars) and a pair of varied thrushes (semi-regular of late) spent some time on the lawn along with spotted towhees (regulars), one of which visited a feeder for the first time in my presence. Also still hanging around is the Townsend's warbler I posted a couple of days ago, and another new visitor, a yellow-rumped warbler. To top it all off, a hummingbird buzzed by (too fast for certain ID) and left me kicking myself for not having the feeder filled. With any luck, they will all stick around a while and give me a chance in better light to add to this set. House finch, Backyard, Olympia.
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