The little guy at my feeder in this picture is a House Finch. He looks like a sparrow who has been shot on the head with red spray paint.
With all the snow and cold weather we have been having, our bird feeders have been busy with hungry birds. We put out mostly sunflower seeds, safflower seeds, and black thistle, avoiding the millet that comprises the bulk of many cheap mixes. We are apt to see a Goldfinch, House Finch, Towhee, Nuthatch, Titmouse, Cardinal, Blue Jay, and a variety of sparrows. Some of our more persistent visitors are the squirrels who delight in defying our "squirrel-proof" bird feeders.
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