Sunday, February 1, 2009
Weekend feeder update
Again, few changes since the last update. Daily visitors include Pine Grosbeaks (2), Common Redpoll (~10), American Goldfinch (~12), Pine Siskin (~6) as well as one to four each of Hairy Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, Red-breasted Nuthatch. A dozen or more Blue Jays rule the roost for several hours each day. A pair of Rock Pigeons put in a brief appearance earlier in the week.
The highlight of the week was a first-time showing by a White-winged Crossbill, this morning. It joined a handful of Common Redpolls on the platform. It's not a huge surprise, give the magnitude of the ongoing crossbill irruption but it's a nice addition to the other finches that frequent the feeders.
A few years ago, we enjoyed watching Red Crossbills at a neighbour's feeder down the road, closer to Petrogylphs Provincial Park, which is a very good place to observe both crossbill species.