Temperatures have gone from 5.4 degrees on Sunday to a high yesterday of 65.3 degrees. January in St. Louis certainly has its swings. With those changes comes a chance of different birds showing up. On Monday, a Northern Mockingbird came to the bubbler. A mocker is a common bird most of the year, but uncommon in winter and usually the only time we see might see one here because they prefer more open habitat. It came to drink.
On Tuesday, a few more uncommon winter residents showed up, Rusty Blackbirds. There were 3 birds foraging for food by turning over wet leaves in the partially frozen swampy thicket, their preferred habitat. Read more about them here:
They are on the IUCN Red List as a Vulnerable species because their numbers are rapidly declining.
Wednesday, we watched a Golden-crowned Kinglet in the large sugar maple by the pond. That brings the year list to 29 species. I was not able to get a photo then, but I did get photos of one earlier in the fall. It has been a good start to 2016!
Golden-crowned Kinglet last October: