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The feeders were very busy yesterday throughout the morning into early
afternoon with the snow.  About 11:25 am, a solitary female Purple Finch was
on one of the feeders.  She flew off for awhile, and came back, perched in
the little elm off the deck where I got very good looks at her, and then went
to the feeder again.  She was on the feeder with several other species,
including Cardinal and Housefinch.  Typically, when I've had Purple Finches
in the past, they will come when the other birds are taking a break, and it's
pretty quiet, and feed as a group, so this was unusual.  Other birds seen:

Northern Cardinal- 8 males, at least as many females
Red Bellied Woodpecker- 1 male, 1 female
Flicker- 2 males, 3 females
Dark Eyed Juncos- 6-7
American Goldfinch-12
Housefinch- 8
Mourning Dove- 12
European Starling- 6
White Throated Sparrow-3
Tufted Titmouse-2
Downy Woodpecker- 1 male, 1 female
Eurasian Tree Sparrow- 4 (in and out of the east house)
Yellow Bellied Sapsucker- 1 female (in the Scotch pine)
Blue Jay-2
House Sparrow- 2
Carolina Chickadee-2
N. Mockingbird- 1 (maybe 2 individuals.  One is more secretive.)
Carolina Wren-1 (pair the day before)
Juvenile Red Tailed Hawk- perched and surveying the feeder bunch
American Crow- 12 flew over before dusk

One of the Blue Jays really beaned the hawk, and he didn't stay around more
than 10 minutes.  The sleet was quite noticeable on the birds.  The Red
Bellied WP male had quite an accumulation on the back of his head, and chest.
 A couple male Cardinals also- their crests were quite raggedy looking.

Day before: (plus the usual suspects)
       Hairy Woodpecker - 1 male, on suet
       White Breasted Nuthatch

Today so far (8:40 am): (plus the usual suspects)
       American Robin- 1

Margy Terpstra
Kirkwood, MO  St. Louis Co.
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