I was particularly pleased to see the pine siskins.
But it was also a treat to finally see the flock of evening grosbeaks on the ground, 9 in total.
And they did it on a count day!
And the dark-eyed juncos are still here! We don't usually see them around for long in the numbers we've had over the last few weeks. And didn't one of the resident cardinals make a rare early appearance.
Here, a table of first count results going back to 1999.
The way the count works is that over two days every two weeks counters monitor the feeders and record the highest number of each species seen at one time over the period.
But at least they just take one seed at a time.
Unusual for this species.
All in all, an auspicious weekend. Sure, evening grosbeaks and pine siskins have dropped by, only to leave again, before. But I'm thinking that this is going to be one excellent year.