Steve reports both the GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW and the SPOTTED TOWHEE are still preset as of today (Friday, Feb. 4) in his Linn, MO (Osage Co.) yard. In addition, Steve sent me pictures of a few of the other birds in his yard today, including a Piebald NORTHERN CARDINAL.
Steve writes: I went outside this morning to feed the birds and to clear off the deck. While shoveling, the towhee showed up to eat in its regular place. After I finished, I took an empty bucket and put it upside down in the yard and sat on it. With camera in hand, I waited. It didn't take much time before the golden-crowned showed up under the tube feeder that hangs from the tree. By me being out there, it helped to keep the grackles away and for the other birds a chance to eat. I did not put up a scarecrow.
I just looked out the window and this strange looking cardinal showed up! I thought at first it was some sort of exotic, but it is (I think) your not everyday northern cardinal.