That's when I first noticed him. All the other birds had gone to roost for the night, and there he was, pecking away in the semidarkness. He's easily distinguished by his white throat and the stripes on his head, with dabs of yellow (called lores) near his beak.
Here he's hanging out with the goldfinches, and a couple of tree sparrows.
And here he's sharing the tray with tree sparrows (front left), goldfinches (right) and a house sparrow (rear).
These pine siskins are also new-to-me guests. The two birds on the right are our friendly chickadees.
At first I didn't realize these fellows were not goldfinches, as they almost always show up with a group of them. When I looked closely I realized they were quite different than the little yellow finches.
This little chap was visiting just after New Year when the Christmas lights were still up.
These sweet little birds show up quite often but never stay long.
Best buddies - goldfinch and pine siskin.
He hangs out with the goldfinches too. I haven't seen the redpolls since early January. Hopefully they'll come back one of these days.