Birding the January Thaw

Posted on Friday 11 January 2008

Bohemian Waxwing
Pine Grosbeaks and Common Redpolls

High temperatures, rain, freezing rain, high winds – not welcome weather in the middle of January in Vermont. However, sometimes interesting birds show up during turbulence. This winter has many irruptives (birds that normally winter in Canada, but show up when food supply is short) visiting our area. This morning, when the freezing rain and high winds made going outside miserable, lots of birds came in to the yard. A large flock of Common Redpolls with at least one Hoary Redpoll among them, several Pine Grosbeaks, Cedar Waxwings, and Bohemian Waxwings swirled in and out with the gusty winds. They joined the usual characters (chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, and jays) that frequent the feeders in winter.

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