I caught a shadowy figure skulking across the lawn in my backyard this morning just before sunrise. I grabbed my binoculars which are always out on the kitchen counter, but he was too fast for me. Later, as I was eating breakfast I heard a very strange sound. My early morning visitor was trying to get in the window!
But this time I caught him! It was a White-crowned Sparrow. The sparrows have returned! A week late, but that's OK. I hope his journey wasn't too arduous. I will have to clean the feeder again and put out fresh seeds, throwing a few on the lawn underneath the feeder for ground feeders like him to hunt for.