Getting Ready for Winter

I'm hoping that this winter is not as extreme as the last one. But I'm getting ready - ordering wood for the woodstove, buying ice melt, caulking up cracks, and bringing in the lawn furniture. I've lit the candles and taken the heavy blankets out of storage. I'm ready for another winter in Connecticut.

Winter Goldfinch

We regularly have a dozen or so species at our feeder. But this little one was a mystery. Finally we figured out it was a female goldfinch in winter colors. I think. If you have a better idea, let me know! She was very small, definitely finch sized.