Saturday came in with an early high of 42.6 and a messy, mixed bag of precipitation throughout the day. We did see 3 Brown Creepers, at least a dozen Northern Cardinals and lots of Dark-eyed Juncos.
Our first Pine Siskins of the year came in about 2:30 in the afternoon, and a feeding frenzy ensued. There were at least 10 and quite possibly more.
Temperatures dropped all day long and this morning it was 5.4 degrees here.
The birds have been busy in the garden and at the feeders. One of the male Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers tried unsuccessfully to get some maple sap to run. It just did its best to fluff up and stay warm.
A Carolina Chickadee took advantage of a brief moment by itself to take a double-helping of safflower seed.
Winter has arrived, but we have gained some daylight since the Solstice - 12 whole minutes by my calculation!