Jan 15 2013
If you merely glanced at this feeder from afar, you might assume all the birds are goldfinches.
In western Pennsylvania they’ve joined purple finches, red and white-winged crossbills, pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, and red-breasted nuthatches, all of whom came south because of the drought up north.
I’ve chronicled other irruptions (see list below) but I don’t remember a year in which so many species visited at the same time. This year the only thing we seem to be missing are snowy owls.
- Common redpolls, winter 2007-08
- Pine siskins, winter 2008-09
- White-winged crossbills, winter 2008-09
- Snowy Owls, winter 2011-12
- Evening grosbeaks, this winter 2012-13
Look closely at your feeders. You might have some exciting visitors.
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)