I’ve gone on a bird nerdery rampage, stuffing my little apple tree with suet and finch feeders. I’ve knocked out a screen in the bathroom window so I can take pictures of the birds that show up, pulled down the bamboo to get a better line of vision on the birds. The next step is to buy a BB gun to take down the starling that’s found the stache.
So far, the most interesting bird at the feeder is either the golden-crowned sparrow or yellow-rumped warbler (see photos). Based on my research in Birds of the Willamette Valley Region, I’m leaning toward the sparrow. But if you’ve got positive ID or another possibility, pass it on.
PS: Thanks for all of the advice on the landscaping/gardening so far. I picked up some shelling peas, onions and artichokes to plant ASAP — probably next week when I get back from Death Valley. And I kick started my vermiculture and compost regimens.