Wednesday, February 25, 2009

MA - Redpoll and belated green-morph Pine Siskin - 02/25

Spent the whole day with Matan but still recorded some nice species, most notably this fine male Common Redpoll which visited the deck in mid-morning and mid-afternoon. I've been hearing Common Redpolls in Amherst for about the last 10 days, so it was rather sweet to finally get one in the yard with the Pine Siskins.

Also included here, a late post of our 4th 'green-morph' Pine Siskin of the winter on Feb 17th. Here showing a nice yellow wash across the breast, along the flanks and the undertail coverts.

In the afternoon, a quick drive up to Turner's Falls with Matan found the Slaty-backed Gull resting distantly on the ice buried within a rather sizeable gull flock. Many birders seemed to be admiring the Slaty from the Gill side of the river. Also, present, the unidentified 'Thayer's-like' Gull and a two adult Lesser Black-backed Gulls.


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