Bashakill Winter Finches

This morning I was able to get out for about an hour prior to the snow starting. There are two distinct hot spots at the Bashakill. Scott Baldinger’s feeders have an amazing assemblage of birds. I had 3 Common Redpolls, 12 American Goldfinches, 8 Pine Siskins, 6 Purple Finches as well as abundant Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos. Other birds present included Song Sparrow, Cardinal, Titmice, Chickadees, White-breasted Nuthatch and Mourning Doves. On the Bash itself, I found about 50 Canada Geese and 21 Mallards as well as one Bald Eagle. Over at the Deli Fields,(the second hot spot) even in the now steady falling snow, birds were abundant. Over 100 Dark-eyed Junco and 30 Tree sparrows were the most numerous. 12 Common Redpolls and half a dozen House Finches spished right into the tree by me. A large mixed species flock at the other end of the field was probably composed mostly of House Finches, but I could not identify them for sure through the snow. A couple of Cardinals, Blue Jays and American Crows rounded out the group. Twenty Species for the morning.

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