Bill and I recently moved to Edmonds, where we have a proper bird viewing area-a nice open back yard surrounded by lots of fir trees and other shrubby plants. We have a large flock of Chestnut-backed Chickadees as regular visitors to our feeders as well as Golden-crowned, White-crowned, and Song Sparrows. I'm hoping we'll see Fox and Lincoln's Sparrows during the winter. A star bird two days ago was a beautiful Townsend's Warbler. One type of bird has been missing. Until today we had seen no raptors. This afternoon Bill spotted a kettle of 16 Turkey Vultures spiraling around in the sky not too far above our house. We have seen this kind of thing before in Seattle. Now we're hoping for more observations like this!