Sparrows would be out in full force as well and the one thing I'd notice is that most of them were rather still compared to their hyper selves I've seen so much of lately. This would allow me to ID most of them rather quickly and really observe them which was nice for a change and perfect for some lazy Sunday birding.
And one more just because. ;-). The Pine Siskin's have turned into my favorite fall bird so far this year as I love how inquisitive and tame they are. This would be the first year I'd ever really witness it as the only experience I've ever really had with them is the first winter of birding in 2008 where I was doing it all in my backyard and had them coming to my feeders. Seeing them this time around is different as I'm paying more attention to their behavior and so far liking what I'm seeing! Plus I have a special spot in my heart for the irruptive boreal birds that I discovered when I opened my Sibley's for the first time and while I studied all the birds, the ones from up north sparked my interest the most considering they stayed up north year round making them tough as nails which I admire. They're never a guarantee either like the migrators so it makes it even more special when they pay us a visit. I'd look at the little bird above and wonder where it originated from, how far it traveled and wished it a safe return come next spring.
Take care all.