I’ve had some unusual (for southeastern Minnesota) visitors at our backyard feeders the last few days. Yes, we birders get really excited when the out of the ordinary shows up. Especially in winter. We’ve had titmice, which are north of their usual range, a few times before. The collared dove is a “lifer” for me, so all in all it was an exciting day to see them. On top of all that my friends Mr. Science and his wife Bobbi spotted some overwintering bluebirds recently in nearby northeastern Iowa. Another fairly rare birding event in these parts. Guess where me and Mrs. T will be heading next week…..