For the past few years we have been trying to attract birds other than our mob squad of sparrows, with varying success. We have tree swallows that use our nest boxes, the resident robins that visit us daily and the common crackles that start popping in around this time of year.
However, what I have been hoping for has been finches. Last year I saw one finch in our garden, it never returned that year. So you can imagine my excitement when we spotted a pair of American Goldfinches feeding in our garden! And yes, they have been back since; in fact, I just saw the male feeding as I was getting ready to write this post. I think I am in danger of becoming a twitcher, the british expression for a birdwatcher. My husband bought me a book that shows all the birds that make Canada their home, seasonal and year round, so I guess I am well on the way!