The first thing I saw was a beautiful Northern Cardinal male courting a female by feeding a seed to her!
A little later in the morning, I saw three Eastern Bluebirds (2 males and 1 female), which is such a thrill to have right in my own yard. Then, there was a Common Redpoll at my Nyjer thistle feeder. It took me a minute to process that information. I was convinced it was a House Finch, which I have had many times before. But that red spot on the head was too bright! This is a first for my yard. A little bit later, four of them were on the ground under the sunflower seed feeder!
Throw in two Downy Woodpeckers, eight American Goldfinch, several Dark-Eyed Juncos, Black-Capped Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, a Carolina Wren, and a couple White-Breasted Nuthatches and it was a birding bonanza!
I put the Nyjer thistle feeder up mid-December, hoping to attract some new varieties of birds to the yard. This was the first new variety! It only took three months!