Although the sun is not shining as much as one would like we had some new visitors a few days ago in the form of a pair of Gross-beaks. Though not uncommon in the area they were the first we had seen at our feeder. We were also inundated with blue jays one day when I counted 18 all trying to get a bite to eat at one time. This only happened once and I have no idea what caused the sudden influx or where they disappeared to. The interest in the feeder is waning as the natural food supply increases.