I sent a message out to the birding community that the Zonotrichia sparrow watch needed to be put on hold for awhile. Birders are being asked, for the time being, to stay away from Brownton Abbey. Birders have been wonderful and courteous while watching/waiting for the Harris' and Golden-crowned Sparrows, but I wish to respect the privacy of new neighbors that are moving in this weekend next door. Hopefully, as winter sets in, the birds will remain and provide a more routine viewing schedule, and I'll be able to re-invite birders to come out to see them!
As I enjoyed the blowing snow and the scads of birds at the feeder I spotted a Great Black-backed Gull floating lazily above the house. Yard bird #70!
|female House Finch (for comparison)|