When I saw this tail in the air by the fence at the back of the yard, I knew who was visiting.

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Several Carolina wrens were hopping around in the grass.

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This pretty, inquisitive little bird is one of my favorites and I always enjoy seeing it.

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One more wren.

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A few European starlings stopped by also, in their speckled-looking fall/winter plumage.

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One more visitor to the yard: this grasshopper. I researched it a bit and I believe it is in the Melanoplus genus, which has many similar-looking grasshoppers that can be difficult to distinguish.

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