Two new visitors this week:
Chestnut-backed Chickadee (blurry):
I had to rely on the fine folks at the Flickr group Field Guide: Birds of the World group to identify the Pacific Coast Bushtit that I spotted above my feeder on December 2:
I have noticed that the House Finch acts as almost a "safety barometer" for other birds. It is fairly fearless at the feeder, it perches and eats without flitting away between bites. When the house Finch perches, it seems as though the chickadees and sparrows determine that it is safe to feed and tend to congregate around the feeder when the finch does.
The spotted towhee was back again, as was the Northern Flicker which perched on our hottub cover. Also newly spotted: Red-breasted Nuthatch and a House Finch and a number of White-crowned Sparrows.
House Finch (red)
Red-breasted Nuthatch in our Butterfly bush
Northern Flicker visits again
A few new visitors today: