Work, weather and weariness have kept me from getting out in the field. Around the neighborhood sightings have been rare. A house finch across 1st Ave from St. Vartan's Park on Friday and a white throated sparrow inside the garden, a common yellow throat inside the fence at St. V's garden today. Otherwise, Robins, mourning doves, pigeons house sparrows and starlings. On Wednesday I was heartened to hear and then locate a cardinal as I sat in the 5th floor lunchroom at work.