Bird Roll Call: January 16, 2018

  • American crow (overhead)
  • American goldfinch
  • Black-capped chickadee
  • Blue jay
  • Dark-eyed junco
  • Downy woodpecker
  • European starling
  • House finch
  • House sparrow
  • Mourning dove
  • Northern cardinal
  • Northern flicker
  • Red-bellied woodpecker
  • Ring-billed gull
  • White-throated sparrow

The wind chill last night was 23 degrees below zero, which is much colder than usual for our area. All the regulars visited today, except for the Carolina wrens. (I used to have two, though I haven’t seen them together for a few weeks, so I might only have a single male now.) I hope to see a wren tomorrow or at least hear the male singing. I’ll admit I’m a little worried. Larger birds fare better in the cold than smaller ones.

Location — in my backyard.