Emptying my pockets from the last week … pennies and nickels: n rough-winged swallow, house wren … a few quarters: pileated woodpecker (always a good bird in a treeless neighborhood, still can’t turn up a hairy),
purple finch (hit or miss at the feeders in winter but usually a dependable April migrant), orchard oriole … and a nice crisp twenty dollar bill: today a long-awaited first eastern towhee for the yard.
This has been near the top of my list of surprisingly hard to get yard birds - despite the dearth of scrubby cover in the neighborhood, I would have expected this common species to turn up sooner. Same goes for eastern phoebe, which I expect to whiff on this year, having already missed the late winter/early spring window (and they don’t nest around here for some reason, despite plenty of inviting eaves).
The towhee puts the all-time list at 97. Looks like we have a nice final sprint for the century mark underway…