To start with, upstate NY weather has been awfully strange lately. It's supposed to be warm, in the 70's, and sunny. Instead the temp has been all over, ranging from freezing at night to maybe 65*F some days, and it's been very windy with gusts up to 30 mph most days, and last week there were about 3 days with rain. It feels like autumn here.
But that hasn't stopped the birds from enjoying the yard. We've had plenty of goldfinches, both male and female. Watching the males fight is fun. A ruby-throated hummingbird is now visiting the yard. One rainy day I caught him far from the hummingbird feeders and instead checking out my window feeder that had a White-breasted Nuthatch perched. The hummingbird also looked in my window and then perched on a low branch nearby. American Robins have been visiting the vegetable garden. The bluebirds are still nesting. And one of my faves, the Tufted Titmice, have been at the feeders almost daily.