Over the last several days, I kept seeing what appeared to be a very small nuthatches coming to the suet feeder. As quickly as I would try to get a good look, they would fly away. They were quite a bit smaller than the White-Breasted Nuthatches that are a common sight and displayed the characteristics of grabbing a seed or bit of suet and quickly flying away like Brown-Headed Nuthatches.
I finally realized what I was seeing was Red-Breasted Nuthatches. It has been many years since I have had one in the yard. After a little research, I see there is an irruption of these birds this year. Another sign that it is probably going to be a bad winter further north.
Early this morning I also encounted a large group of Pine Siskins. Same thing on an irruption with reports of sightings everywhere.