The local Red-breasted Nuthatch never misses a day, sometimes it seems like he arrives on an hourly schedule to use our feeders.  Does he even remember how to climb along a tree trunk?  The Collared-Doves and scrub-jay are ever present, unless there’s a predator in the trees.  Most of the other species in and out of our garden are less predictable.
Last night we heard a Great Horned Owl near the house–first time in months.  This morning there was a tooting pygmy-owl at Grenfell Park along Baker Creek Road.  We saw neither owl, of course.

For the first time in weeks a starling was in our garden yesterday.  Recently they’ve been out harvesting in the fields.  As the supply of seeds and insects there diminishes they will slowly re-invade the town. Crows, gulls, overhead geese, robins, woodpeckers in October, waxwings–maybe, maybe not.  The Bewick’s Wrens were regular last year, this…

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