Sunday, November 6, 2011

MA - Purple Finch - 11/06

After a cold start (21 deg F) the day started with more Snow Buntings in Gill, this time a small flock moving SW over Boyle Street just after first light. Although I didn't get to do any 'proper' birding today, a smart male Purple Finch graced the yard provided in the middle of the morning. At least locally it seems to have been a slow autumn for this species with just one before this on October 22nd. That bird too, was a male. The Purple Finch, along with a handful of American Goldfinches, showed interest in the thistle seed feeders for the first time this season. 

 Purple Finch - male, Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. November 6th, 2011.

Similarly, a handsome male Northern Cardinal showed interest in the seed for the first time, despite the pair being present in the yard throughout the summer and fall. Otherwise, up to 10 each of Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow on the feeders, plus regular visitors such as Downy Woodpecker and White-breasted Nuthatch

  Northern Cardinal - male, Gill yard, Franklin Co., MA. November 6th, 2011.


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