Thursday, November 8, 2007

Continuing the Finchy Theme - Siskins and Evening Grosbeak!

[Pine Siskin in Town Bank, two blocks from the Bay, part of a flock of a dozen or more. Photo by Peggy Spencer.]
My sense is that a significant flight occurred last night, and radar reports from David Mizrahi, NJAS VP of research, indicate the same. Many sparrows in particular are present here in Goshen. I also just heard, second hand, of an Evening Grosbeak heard flying over Cape May today! If you began birding less than 20 years ago and you haven't traveled north or to the mountain west, that sound is likely unfamiliar, though it certainly is delightful when a flock of Evening Grosbeaks descend on a feeder with their loud, ringing "kleer!" notes, kind of like a very powerful House Sparrow note.

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