“I had 4 Pine Siskins.”
“I had 12 Pine Siskins and a male Purple Finch.”
“I got both House and Purple finch, great for comparison AND a Red-breasted Nuthatch.”
“Millie, had Evening Grosbeak.”
All eyes turned to me expectantly.
“The bears haven’t gone down yet. I haven’t put out my feeders.”
They turned away with pitying looks.
Argh! This is annoying. Everyone else is seeing great winter finches at their feeders. I have not seen a Pine Siskin in 15 years; an Evening Grosbeak in 10; or a Purple Finch in at least that. (I have seen Red-breasted Nuthatch thanks to my friends that do have feeders out.) But that’s it.
Here in the Mid-Atlantic the buzz among birders is about the winter finch irruption. This is supposed to be the biggest flight since the late 90s. The tree seed crop has failed in Canada’s boreal forest. The birds are leaving and arriving at feeders down here.
So, hang up your feeders, we are expecting guest from out of town! I am hoping for frigid blasts of cold arctic air so the bears will den up and start their winter snooze, and then I will join you. Until then, tell me what kinds of birds you have at your house.