[pen-bird] ebird article on Irruptive Boreal species -- looking good this year

Kris Olson

David Dsuddjian pointed out to me that if we were going to experience an
irruption, we would see those birds by Oct-Nov. Sounds like we may be out of
luck and we'll have to journey north to see some of these cool species!

Kris Olson

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Subject: [pen-bird] ebird article on Irruptive Boreal species -- looking
good this year

Thought you might be interested in this article. I also noticed that in
Washington, in an area in central WA that I birded last year in Jan, there
have already been reports of 2 species that were not there - Hoary Redpolls
and White-winged Crossbills. eBird reports more sightings of Red-breasted
Nuthatches, etc. So this may be a good year for us - Pine Siskins. What

Kris Olson, Menlo Park

"Although wintry weather is just barely upon us, birders in northern border
states from Minnesota to Maine are already enjoying one of the occasional
joys of winter birding--an influx of boreal irruptive species like Bohemian
Waxwing, Pine Grosbeak, Evening Grosbeak, and Common Redpoll. In New York
alone, both Pine Grosbeak and Common Redpoll, usually the two latest species
to appear during an irruption year, were reported before the end of October,
and Bohemian Waxwing was seen on a record early date."

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