We spent the day in Buchanan County yesterday (one county north of our own). I was scheduled to volunteer at Buchanan County’s nature center in the afternoon, so we did a little birding ahead of time in Jakway Forest at the bird blind. The kids attempted to feed chickadees from their palms, but the time required for such an endeavor was too much. June enjoyed wandering in and out of the bird blind eating handfuls of snow (I do not condone this, I promise–she’s sneaky).
Coralee & I spent the afternoon at the nature center, knitting (me) & birding (both) & drawing (Coralee). Brian, Merritt, & June had errands to run. We saw a few House Finches at one set of bird feeders out the back windows of the building. Later, we thought a few female House Finches were visiting an old Gatorade bottle feeder that hung just outside one of the office windows. The feeder is within a couple feet of the window and almost hanging at eye level, so it was quite easy to examine the birds up close. Coralee noticed one of the finches had yellow on both sides near its rump. We thought it was worth investigating, perhaps we had some sort of House Finch variant? Long story short, neither of us has ever seen a Pine Siskin (that we know of) and we saw three at that Gatorade feeder. We were quite ecstatic to identify a new-to-us bird, quite accidentally as I flipped through the Finch section of the center’s bird book. Not sure we could have ID’d this species from afar & among all the other House Finches. The birding stars aligned on that one. Bagged No. 41 on my 2015 list.
I am almost finished knitting the first draft of my pattern for Mountain Girl Yarns. Still working on the strap. June’s little stuffed mice friends turned up as stowaways in my purse while at the nature center. We did not have any “real” visitors to the center, so I managed to knit quite a bit. Visited the wild turkeys in their pen & the bison corral after locking up.
Moving on to Monday!