The county has been in a continued deep freeze this past week. It has made birding difficult at best. That said there have still been some interesting birds around. Scott Baldinger’s feeders continue to produce large numbers of AMERICAN GOLDFINCH and PINE SISKINS! He also has a few PURPLE FINCHES that come in daily, but they are little harder to connect with. Half hardies continue to dominate elsewhere. Hermit Thrush, Northern Mockingbird, Gray Catbird, Winter and Carolina Wrens and finally, my first AMERICAN ROBINS have all been on the scene. Our first Gray Catbird of the year was in Wurtsboro the first week of the month, and I found a second this week at the Bashakill in the company of another Hermit Thrush. They have been feeding on Winter Berries and Rose Hips. Closer to home, I was filling my feeders early this morning when two COMMON REDPOLLS flew in and began to work their way down the trees to my feeder. Suddenly, they took off, flying down the street to another feeding station. Hopefully they will return or turn up at Scott’s feeders soon. With most of our water frozen, waterfowl are almost non-existent. Of the few birds that are around, a nice pair of Common Goldeneye were the most notable.
Just a quick update: On 1/18/15, I was finally able to connect with two of the three PURPLE FINCHES that have been frequenting Scott’s feeders. I’ve attached a shot of the male. Thanks Scott!