We got 3-4 inches of snow yesterday, and this morning there were a couple of surprises waiting for me at the feeder. In addition to the standard finches, juncos, chickadees, and cardinals, this morning brought in a Downy Woodpecker, and a pair of Fox Sparrows. I was particularly jazzed about the sparrows, which usually only pass through the area on migration in the spring and the fall.
After breakfast and playing with the girls for a while, Anna and I headed to the duck pond, where we spotted an Eastern Phoebe right off the bat, and also identified a male Common Goldeneye who seems to have appeared in the last week!
I'm sure many of these people have worked very hard for their money, but do you really believe that the CEO is working 380 times harder than his average employee? Not his lowest-paid employee, not the janitor, but the average earner in his company. The average worker needs to work more than a month to earn what the CEO makes in one hour.
Of course our country's economic narrative is incredibly complex, however, this well-illustrated 6 minute video explains what I think is one of the most significant roots of inequality in modern society - wealth inequality.
I stopped by the Duck Pond this morning and got a couple of photos of the birds that I saw last week, including the pair of Horned Grebes that have been hanging out.
I added two birds to my life list while watching the backyard feeder on Saturday: a pair of Carolina Wrens and a White-Throated Sparrow. On Sunday morning, a quick trip to the water treatment pond and Millbrook Marsh netted a number of Redhead Ducks, a Ring-necked Duck, an American Coot, and a Horned Grebe, bringing the total to 6 new species for the weekend!