The biggest change I have noticed is the number of birds that remained in my area this winter. Cedar waxwings, Goldfinches and even Bluebirds stayed through the winter, something I haven't seen before. Here is a photo of the bluebird I saw on my deck in December this past winter.
Fantastic owl photo! That's an award-winner. I'm jealous, as I have heard a pair of owls around my area and the one time I saw it in a beautiful position for a photo, I didn't have my camera with me-oh the pain of it all. Thanks for sharing these and good luck with future photos.
I learned many interesting facts about various birds during these lessons, such as how several have lost their ability to fly. I found the discussion on how to use different bird guides especially helpful. I am fortunate to be in the countryside in western New Hampshire where I can take walks through wooded areas and discovered multiple warblers migrating through. I was excited to identify this Cape May Warbler this morning after seeing it in some marshy brush just up my road yesterday.