Ooooo, lookee. It’s an American Tree Sparrow. What a great first bird of 2009. It is not a rariety by any means but I only see them in the depths of winter. One showed up at the nyger feeder during the first big storm (remember that 17 incher) a week or so ago; then disappeared. And here it is again when the fridgid arctic air pushed our high today to 4F. It does not come to the heated bird bath for a drink, but like the Chickadees can eat snow for the liquid. I saw both birds eating snow today. My resident backyard Chickadee flock drinks from the heated bird bath. So, does that mean the snow-eaters are migrants from further north? Interesting. Have you seen birds eat snow?