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 brought a friend to lunch today and a northern flicker passed through as well. The most unique visitor today was the rabbit, a first-time visitor to my back yard ever.


Northern Flicker


Spotted Towhee