This Winter, sitting on my ass watching birds has been very interesting -> even captivating. If I had to rank this Winter with another, could not as they are all good.
It is closing down now, and migration has many birds foolishly headed north.
There is no need to leave, plenty of food and water here. Nature rules, but ??
Many Canada Geese no longer leave because - why do that?
As I live in the Blue Ridge foothills, some birds that leave, will occasionally have cousins show here any time of year. I like my Pine Warblers and see no reason for them to leave. Occasionally one will show in Summer as some just migrate up the mountain. This is my favorite Winter bird.
Most years my most numerous Winter bird is the Chipping Sparrow. I normally get a million. They only eat millet which is cheap at the feed store in 50# bags. They keep my yard active with energy. That draws in other birds. This Winter I only had about 50. I don't know why. Some have not yet left on migration. I hope next year they arrive with lots of kids and friends.
On the flip side Pine Siskins came. This is a bird with an extremely sporadic winter range. All I can say is -- yea for that. I might not see one again for a few years. It is the size of a Gold Finch and is a Finch. It is called "irruptive" due to migration habits. It eats every type seed and also my peanuts. This Winter about a billion moved in. It is a beautiful bird, active and fun - but sooo... many!! They have dominated my feeders. Everyday I see fewer. I hope to see them again in maybe 5 years.
Many Winter birds I see daily such as Kinglets, Hermit Thrush, Sap-sucker, White-throated, Song Sparrow, Junco -- > seem to be gone. Many Chipping Sparrows and a few Pine Siskins remain.