After neighbor's weekend alert to possible Snow Bunting, I've been holding backyard feeder vigil this week early morning before heading off to the office and during my lunch hour. Still no sighting of a Snow Bunting but the small group of Purple Finch and several dozen American Goldfinch continue to actively feed on sunflower chips (shelless). I have been truly amazed at the diversity and numbers showing up in our backyard to feed, perch and bath in the small pond. On a down note, another uninvited cat showed up inside our fenced yard three times, stalking and chasing the ground feeders. Feeding frenzy is more likened to dead of winter with snow on ground. Now I know our region is not lacking in plenty of wild plants with seeds and berries but they seem to be preferring the "commercial" grade sunflower and peanut chips, at least in our neighborhood. Below are some pics of only a small sampling of backyard visitors taken yesterday. Unfortunately the Pine Siskin flew in right after I had packed up the camera equipment. Hopefully they will return Purple Finch - http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/PurpleFinch_link.htm Northern Cardinal - http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/NorthernCardinal-female_link.htm Red-bellied Woodpecker - http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/RedBelliedWoodpecker_link.htm White-breasted Nuthatch - http://www.birdsofvirginia.com/image_links/White-breastedNuthatch_link.htm Brenda Tekin Charlottesville, VA (434) 962-4936/brenda@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx "Leave behind what you find; if you must take something, take pictures." You are subscribed to VA-BIRD. To post to this mailing list, simply send email to va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx To unsubscribe, send email to va-bird-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field.