Winter Solstice Surprise

Not my usual yard bird, in fact it’s the first one I’ve seen here. Pine warblers are supposed to be year-round Oklahoma residents, according to the OKWildbirds Wiki, but they are usually found to the east of us. It was a nice surprise to see it, especially today, the shortest of the year. It was mixed in with four yellow-rumped warblers, two rubycrowned kinglets, three or four Eastern bluebirds, a couple dozen American goldfinches, a couple of purple finches, slaty juncos by the bushel, a lonesome Lincoln’s sparrow bathing in the goldfish pond, several song sparrows, many cardinals, a yellow-bellied sapsucker, red-bellied woodpecker, pileated woodpecker, red-breasted and white-breasted nuthatches and amost a zillion tufted titmice. Then something markedly different hopped up on the dry stem of a dead coleus and I got my binoculars on it. Nice bird. Nice day. Short and sweet.


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