Along the same line, I had a Savannah Sparrow at my feeder for the first
time.   They are around, but I've never seen them at my feeder.

Good Birding,
Greg Swick
Ozark, Missouri

On Mon, Feb 7, 2011 at 10:26 PM, Dency Kahn <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>  I've had American Tree Sparrow twice before in my yard, both times later
> in the year.  Now I have only one that I see at a time mixed in with the
> other ground feeders.  I can account for the missing house finches, though.
> Also I was without goldfinches until the snow and ice came; now my feeder
> ports are full.  I am much shorter of woodpeckers than usual, only a downy
> and a red-belly.
> Dency Kahn
> Olivette, St. Louis County
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> ----- Original Message -----
> *From:* Judy Bergmann <[log in to unmask]>
> *To:* [log in to unmask]
> *Sent:* Monday, February 07, 2011 7:56 PM
> *Subject:* Re: American Tree Sparrows are now yard birds
> MoBirders:
> American Tree Sparrows are an uncommon yard bird here also, but I had one
> show up about a week ago and now have 15 or more every day.  We have thick
> ice where I live in St. Francois County.  I  counted 9 Fox Sparrows this
> evening, more than 50 Goldfinches, as many Juncos, and 45+ Mourning Doves.
> Also have 2 Brown Creepers now (I scrape a little suet on tree trunks for
> them), many Woodpeckers (Hairy, Downy, Red-Bellied, Flickers), Song
> Sparrows, WT Sparrows, Purple Finches.
> Interestingly, I have not had a single House Finch all winter.  Is anyone
> else experiencing this?  And the Pileateds that came last winter came only
> one time during this icy spell and have not reappeared.  Guess they have
> enough natural food?
> I have a pair of Carolina Wrens along with the usual WB Nuthatches,
> Titmice, etc.
> Judy Bergmann
>  Rural Bonne Terre
> St. Francois Co.
> ------------------------------
> Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 15:24:53 -0600
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: American Tree Sparrows are now yard birds
> To: [log in to unmask]
> American Tree Sparrow is an uncommon yard bird for us.  We had our first of
> the year this morning.
> Sherry McCowan
> Saint Louis, Missouri
>  On Feb 7, 2011, at 2:57 PM, John Hitzeman wrote:
>  Mike and List ,
> We've had American Tree Sparrows at our feeders for well
> over a week, along with Song Sparrows and White Throated
> Sparrows, all competing with the large groups of Amer. Goldfinches
> and Juncoes.
> So, if you're seeing them in Rolla and we have them in Troy,
> that's a pretty good "span" across the state!
> Additionally, we have Downey Woodpeckers, Titmice, Blue
> Jays, Northern Mockingbirds, House Finches and the lone Female
> Purple Finch is still here, per my post to the list last Tuesday,
> Feb. 1st. If there is a male around, I haven't seen him altho'
> I've been keeping a very close watch.
> Last Wednesday, we had three Eastern Bluebirds "scoping"
> out the nest boxes they were probably raised in. I suspect
> at this time, they were checking them out as shelter from
> the extreme cold last week.
>  John Hitzeman
> Troy, Lincoln County
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mike Doyen <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Sent: Mon, Feb 7, 2011 2:40 pm
> Subject: American Tree Sparrows are now yard birds
>    I have many feeders around my yard and I am also spreading seed
> far-an-wide across the snow and ice so that everyone can find food
> and survive the cold nights. To my wonderful surprise this afternoon I had a
> good number of American Tree Sparrows mixed in with all the other ground
> feeders, that's a first and it also tells me just tough it is getting out
> there.
> I have also sprinkled oaks and cheerios as well as ground up dry cat food
> and small pieces of bread and the birds are eating it all. I have some large
> pine cones from Douglas Furs when we lived in CA and have covered them in
> crunchy peanut butter. My bird count seems to be growing each hour and more
> and more birds are finding there way to Chez Michael's.
> To my surprise not one hawk has showed up thru all of this.
> Mike Doyen
> Rolla, MO
> Bird by bird I've come to know the earth.
> Pablo Neruda.
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