A very good morning to you all! It's 11:40 AM here, so I can still get away with saying "good morning."
So is everyone doing the Great Backyard Bird Count this weekend? The feeders are filled, the special treats are out, and despite the rainy weather, we've had a nice flurry of activity this morning. The wild turkeys even cooperated and made an appearance--I counted 45.
I'd like to wish my nephew Steve (the Marine) a very happy birthday today...wherever in the world he may be.
As I was counting birds this morning, I thought to myself, "No new ones...bummer." Last year, when I was doing this count, I saw a Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker for the first time, so I guess I was hoping I'd see another new bird this year. A little later, I was looking at the finches on the thistle feeder, and noticed bright red spots on their heads. I thought, "Hey! Those aren't finches!" Well, cut of my legs and call me Shorty, if I didn't have a new bird sighting! They weren't even in my Indiana book--I had to get out the Audubon book. It seems that this is the southern tip of the winter habitat of my newest friend: the Common Redpoll. I saw two of them.