Saturday, November 21, 2015

Day 325 - 21st November 2015 - Blue Jays, Evening Grosbeaks and Grackles

 There are lots of activities going on in town today, it's the weekend of Celebrating Christmas - Craft shows, parade, etc. Not sure how much of it we will take in. Hoping the weather clears for the parade this evening. Looks like lots of rain on it's way for Sunday and Monday, although they are mentioning the "S" word at the tail end of it. Our snow tires get installed on Monday. I think our timing is right. Not sure what we will get up to today, maybe a couple hours of birding somewhere and the standard  Saturday stuff - groceries etc.
Had a pair of Evening Grosbeaks at the feeders today, first of the season. The Blue Jays, Mourning Doves, Grackles, Chickadees and Juncos were in and out all day. I saw a few Goldfinches but they are hanging at the top of one of the apples trees and not coming in yet. A Golden Crowned Kinglet is still traveling with the Chickadees. Now this may be the reason I don't get as much done as I should, I spent half of the day watching from the kitchen window to see what may or may not show up. I did  brown bread rolls and cookies, but then Larry's buddy called and had come down with a virus so they weren't going in to the camp for the weekend. I tossed some in the freezer for their next trip and gave the rest to my cousin as she has family coming. It was a good day for kitchen work - overcast and dreary. Quiet in the hood on our walks.
The Blue Jays are bright and colorful against the bare branches.

Evening Grosbeaks - the first of the season.

 There were a dozen in the yard today.
These two Grackles are regulars, the rest of the flock come periodically.

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