This morning we were treated to quite a show, as for over an hour as we watched a small flock of immature robins forage and bath, had a family of five flickers poking about (you can barely see the red eyebrow and mustache on this juvenile male), and enjoyed half a dozen chick-a-dees swooping in for sunflower seeds. We also had a handful of song sparrows, a lone spotted towhee, an Anna's hummingbird, one Bewick's wren, two purple finches, a couple starlings, and a bossy Stellar's Jay to top off the list!
My citizen science Project FeederWatch backyard bird counts do not start until Nov. 12 (and run through April 7), but we usually begin supplemental feeding in the fall when the temperatures dip into the low 50s and 40s. It takes about two weeks to get on the birds' regular stop-over route.
This is certainly one of my favorite ways to start the day.