Thursday, October 11, 2012

Pine Siskins-Moving in or through.

The last couple of weeks Pine Siskins have been moving into Massachusetts. Their arrival is just another piece of the Winter Finch puzzle. The Winter Finch forecast is an interesting one, the cone and berry crops to our north are a bust. With that in mind, it's predicted that many northern finches will start moving south in search of food. Besides the recent arrival of Siskins, Red Crossbills and Red-breasted Nuthatches have already made a statement into the region. There have also been a handful of reports of Common Redpolls, Evening Grosbeaks and even a couple of Pine Grosbeaks. So keep the feeders filled and an eye to the sky.

Pine Siskin- 

Pine Siskins- Loving Black Oil Sunflower Seeds.

Purple Finch- (Male) Very good numbers so far this fall.

A nice comparison between Purple (left) and House Finch. (right)   

 Another invasion this fall, this time from the west. Clay-colored Sparrows (above) and Dickcissel's have been reported throughout New England and in very good numbers.

Lincoln's Sparrow

Common Yellowthroat-male.

Eastern Towhee-female.

Greater Yellowlegs- Somewhat scare this fall in the least for me.

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Blue-headed Vireo

You know when the Yellow-rumped Warblers start showing up in large numbers...Warbler migration is coming to an end.

White-crowned Sparrow- Hadley. (Adult)

Sharp-shinned Hawk-Imm

Praying Mantis in Val's garden.

Rainbow from the house.