So we spent two days driving hundreds of miles, braving the cold and wet and only came up with four new birds. Today after work, at home, what did we see? Four more new birds! No driving, no putting on rain pants and jackets, just look out our window and take in the view. At our suet feeder a nice looking female hairy woodpecker (#69).
Add to that a pine siskin (#70) showed up at the feeder. I really don't remember ever seeing one at our feeder before. Then the little red-breasted nuthatch (#71) decided to come back for the season. It was nice to see him for the first time this year. But we almost missed the pièce de résistance. There were some purple finches that showed up but there was one that looked very different. After closer examination we realized we had a pair of red crossbills (#72). Neither one of us had ever see them before and for sure never at our feeder. It made us very happy.