[TN-Bird] Re: Siskins, finches, RBGR - Williamson county 11/5/18
- From: Jeanece Seals <ajseals@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: grahamgerdeman@xxxxxxxxx
- Date: Mon, 5 Nov 2018 14:54:29 -0600
I just returned from a birdwatching trip to southern Ontario. The folks there
were talking about the large number of Pine Siskins, Red-breasted Nuthatches,
and Purple Finches migrating due to the poor seed crop in the northern conifer
forests. They were also expecting to see Evening Grosbeaks moving farther
south this year.
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On Nov 5, 2018, at 2:37 PM, Graham <grahamgerdeman@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Jim Arnett and I birded the Growild nursery in Williamson county this morning
in nice Fall weather, hoping mainly for a rare Sparrow.
Nothing rare except for a fairly late immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
We also had at least three Purple Finches, a flock of at least a dozen
foraging Pine Siskins among the thistles at eye level. Seems that the finches
and siskins are irruptive this year just as the nuthatches are.
We had one FOS (for me anyway) Fox Sparrow, tons of Chipping, White-throated,
Field, and Song Sparrows, some Swamps, plus two Savannah Sparrows, and a
couple of Dark-eyed Juncos.
As a reminder, and for those unfamiliar, Growild is private property and can
only be visited with prior permission. They also have friends who hunt deer
out there, and they were hunting today so we were restricted to only the
higher ground in the front part of the property.
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