From Stephen Dilks for Sunday, Jan. 23:

I saw the golden-crowned sparrow and the spotted towhee three times yesterday (Sunday, Jan. 23).  At about 8 am, close to noon, and after 4 pm.  The rest of the time it was about 150 grackles.  They feed all day and other birds hang on the branches waiting for the chance.  It has been suggested that I put up a scarecrow.  I might try it this weekend, but I wouldn't want it to scare the other birds.  In the meantime, I will have no idea if the sparrow shows up during the week.  I am certain that if someone is here on the deck, that it will keep the grackles away and the other birds will begin coming in.  Just have patience and the sparrow and towhee will both show up.  


Note:  No update for today, Jan. 24, but I bet that is because Steve had to work and was not able to watch the feeders. 


The bird is in Linn, MO (Osage County).  You can see a map here that Steve prepared for all those interested:
Josh, for Steve Dilks
Joshua Uffman
St. Louis County, MO
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