Reports are coming in from all over the west-of-Montreal area of a strong movement of winter finches heading back north this morning – one friend talks of 70 Pine Siskins interering with his photography as they land on his head !! All very exciting. Another friend driving up to Montreal from the US border notes that huge flocks of Siskins are on the move today having over-wintered just south of the border in Vermont and New Hampshire.
Not quite that number at the Sparroworks All-Day Bird Buffet but plenty of activity with lots of Purple Finches, a few Pine Siskins, small numbers of Common Redpolls (finally !!), a pair of House Finches and the like, all turning up to be counted at the weekend Feederwatch. As we approach noon, the numbers of Pine Siskins are increasing rapidly.
Pictures follow – including a Euro-Starling simply because they are handsome birds. Click on the thumbnails to open a full-size slide-show.