We went to our cottage during the day on December 30. The feeders were empty, so Grant filled them right away. But the birds did not discover them that day.
The next morning, the hordes arrived. There were mostly chickadees, but also a few of both nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers. After breakfast, I noticed a stranger, a single Common Redpoll. Then Barbara saw that there were several at the nyger feeder. They stayed for about 10 minutes, then vanished. In the backyard, we had up to 4 Blue Jays picking up seed on the ground. The Redpoll was a new species for our cottage list.