Figured I'd venture out here before Thanksgiving dinner, to see what winter birds were on offer and to force myself to get back into the game. In order to stave off any potential frustration, my #1 rule is to not waste any time on Dark Eyed Juncos or White-throated Sparrows, and instead focus on the birds that are more plentiful: Nuthatches, Carolina Wren, Hermit Thrush. It was a short outing, as the light fades very fast at this time of year, but it was delightfully warm enough to go out in short sleeves. Felt nice to be back out shooting again.
My all-time favorite winter bird is the Hermit Thrush, and within minutes of being back out I encountered just that:
While White-throated Sparrows are out of my jurisdiction, Song Sparrows are welcomed customers: