The advantage of garden messiness–at least, for awhile

Enjoying the view from the kitchen window as I cleanup, I marvel at the bird activity. I had left some verbena bonariensis and was considering a final cleanup. But those darn finches are still merrily pecking away and they are such a treat to watch as they dangle upside down from the swaying stems!
And here comes a new critter—ruddy belly and head, white markings on blackish wings, about the size of a large sparrow. I have fun investigating through my bird book and goggle images. Still not sure, I called the local Audubon office and got some help. Seems I have a visiting White-winged crossbill. What fun. Because it’s 50 degrees outside and the mess in the garden is a feast for my guests.

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