My second session of observations for Project FeederWatch was still pretty quiet but marginally better than last week. I increased my species count by two, to 16, and added some new species that I had not seen last week. Here is this week's list:
Chipping Sparrow (!)
The biggest surprise to me was that Chipping Sparrow. It seemed awfully early to be seeing this wonderful little bird, so I checked my records, and, indeed, the earliest date I had seen one in my yard previously was December 17. So this little guy was at least a month early.
No doves of any type showed up this week. A flock of about a dozen White-winged Doves flew over the yard, but didn't drop in so I couldn't count them.
My most exciting discovery of the day, rivaling the Sparrow, was another bird that I wasn't able to include in my count. It was a single American Goldfinch which flew over the yard, but didn't stop. He was also almost a month earlier than my previous earliest sighting of this species in the yard. Time to stock up on nyger seed and get those feeders filled and ready.