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It was a diverse and busy day at the feeders today as I counted for Project
Feederwatch. A normal busy day at the feeders yields 12-13 species.  Today I
recorded 17 species, including a male Pine Warbler and a Common Grackle on
the platform feeder.  On a semi-regular basis I have a male Pine Warbler at
the feeder and he always stands out, a spot of citrus yellow among the pale
olive Goldfinches and the charcoal gray Juncoes.  The high count for Pine
Siskins today was 30 and the high count for Purple Finches was five.  The
mid-January count for Project Feederwatch is always one of my most
interesting counts.

A short trip to Lynch's Woods today at midday was quiet but good.  I always
like finding feeder birds away from the feeder.  High in the tops of some
deciduous trees at Lynch's Woods, I found three female Purple Finches,
feeding quietly.  I overheard a noisy interaction between a Sharp-shinned
Hawk and a Pileated Woodpecker.  Otherwise, the roster is the usual
suspects.  The small sparrow areas were practically empty of birds today.
And that has been the story this winter.  With one or two exceptions, I am
finding usually productive sparrow areas devoid of birds.  Does anybody have
any theories as to why? 

Donna Bailey
Winnsboro, SC

e-mail: dsbailey@conterra.com

URL: http://www.conterra.com/dsbailey
     "Where are the Birds?  Migration across South Carolina"