Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Some bird notes ♩ ♬ ♪

The Sandhill Crane frequenting the Penn Lake Road dump was seen daily until yesterday (Nov 30).

I flushed a single Wilson's Snipe from the well known "snipe seep" today.

Two Glaucous Gulls (a first year and an adult) joined the throng of Herring Gulls at the Penn Lake Rd. dump.

I've seen fewer Bohemian Waxwings in town this week - most recently two yesterday (Nov 30) feeding, as usual, in an ornamental crabapple tree.

An American Three-toed Woodpecker was seen high up in a well-flaked White Spruce tree beside the Green Trail at the Marathon Cross-country Ski Club (Nov 27).

A late-ish Rusty Blackbird was feeding in a wetland beside Peninsula Harbour (Nov 29).

Attending a feeder in Heron Bay this afternoon (Dec 1) were: Blue Jay (7); Gray Jay (1), Red-breasted Nuthatch (1); European Starling (4); Pine Grosbeak (8); Evening Grosbeak (1); White-throated Sparrow (2); Fox Sparrow (1) and Red-winged Blackbird (2 juvenile males).

Flocks of 12 - 50 Common Redpoll continue to been seen in Marathon adjacent areas. All were fly-bys or were feeding on the seeds of White Birch and Green Alder. Today (Dec 1) I found a bright male exilipes Hoary Redpoll in a flock of a dozen Common Redpolls feeding in Green Alder beside Peninsula Harbour.

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