All kitchens should have a window over the sink. It’s better than T.V. while washing the dishes, particularly when the weather has taken on a more winter-like attitude and birds respond by gathering at the feeders. In my case, the “feeders” are a tree stump and the ground. Even birds that don’t visit feeders (they are insectivores) drop by to see what all the fuss is about. Like this Audubon’s warbler (right). It’s looking for meat. Insect meat.
Bashful birds like Fox sparrows (below left) turn up now and then. Sometimes more now than then, shyness being no match for hunger. And they are easy to confuse with Song sparrows (below right), which are also dropping in.
Spotted towhees (right) are perhaps more bashful than Fox sparrows. Seeing this guy has been a thrill.
And then there are the Scrub jays (below left) and Oregon juncos (below right), which are the most abundant. Not Biblical-plague abundant, but hard to miss, juncos because there are so many of them, and the jays because, well, they’re jays. They’re good-sized, they’re blue, and they can be verbose in a squawky fashion.
There have been others. Stellar’s jays. Red-shafted flickers. Robins. Brewer’s blackbirds. Even a teeny kinglet, looking for insects. It’s an avian Woodstock. Good thing I have a kitchen window over the sink. It’s medicinal.