After a good period of really nice birds over a couple of weeks, the last ten days haven’t been as good. Today, things picked up considerably. I started out on Clements Road in Liberty, hoping for some waxwings. No luck with them, but as I spished, a good number of birds came in. I had just lured out a pair of House Finches when right on their tails the BARRED OWL flew out, realized what I was and flew right back around the stand of spruce. This is my third time having this bird. From there, I moved on to Grant Road in Bradley, where I found the feeders all quiet. On to Tazman Road. Almost immediately I saw a flock of finches fly into some pine trees. I pulled over and found 24 PINE SISKINS feeding in the pines. I couldn’t quite figure out what they were eating, no cones, but it was keeping them busy. Since it is only a mile from the Grant Road feeders, I’m sure this is the same group I’ve been reporting from there. On to the feeders on Tazman. Wild Turkeys, American Goldfinches, Chickadees, Blue Jays and a single Pine Siskin were there. Also, two adult Bald Eagles flew overhead. From there I continued up Tazman and came upon a flock of COMMON REDPOLL feeding in a stand of birches in a front yard where we’ve had them many times in the past, but this is the first this year. They were quite cooperative and continued feeding throughout my stay. I then headed to Muhlig where I found little and then on to Sue Rayano’s feeders. Sue had all the common feeder birds and 12 EVENING GROSBEAK. I then went on to Woodard Road, but my timing was off and I missed the grosbeaks there. Karen Miller later informed me that she and Scott Baldinger had nine of them there. So all in all, it was a great “winter finch” morning! Many of the redpolls were feeding on the ground under the birches (below) and further below are a few of the siskins.