Occasionally, an unfamiliar bird will show up in the vicinity of my bird feeder. In late September, a couple of American goldfinches showed up one day, but I haven’t seen any since.
In mid-November, what I am pretty sure is a pine siskin (far right) showed up. This photo was taken through a window screen, so it’s a little fuzzy, but I could see the yellow edges of its wings.
Then this morning, my husband called me over to the living room window that faces the rhododendron in our front yard. He wanted to know if I could identify a little bird perched there.
It didn’t look familiar, so I grabbed my mom’s old bird book. It looked like some sort of sparrow, so I started there, and matched it with a picture of a golden-crowned sparrow.
It was pretty cold this morning — about 28°F — and his feathers were all puffed out to keep him warm. Made him look very roly-poly.