Date: 1/13/18 8:32 am
From: Mundi Smithers <amen1farm...>
Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Invasion of Gold Finches
Here in North Pownal the Goldfinches are ubiquitous!! I’ve just counted 35 +/- at the feeder and on the ground in the front yard and there is an equal number at the feeding station out back. Lots of Juncos, a few House Finches, Downy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpckers, Titmice, Chickadees and finally yesterday morning our first of the year Hairy Woodpecker! One White-throat and one Tree Sparrow have been here off and on over the past weeks.

North Pownal

Mundi Smithers

The greatest tragedy in mankind's enitire history may be the hijacking of morality by religion.
Arthur C Clarke (1917-2008)

> On Jan 13, 2018, at 11:14 AM, Geoffrey Gardner <geoffrey323...> wrote:
> Here at our place in Bradford, the feeder situation has been unique. Aside
> from a few Juncos and occasional visits from Chickadees, we had no birds at
> our feeders from the middle of August till the first snow. After that, the
> Bluejays in twos and threes were the first to show up. Then the numbers of
> Juncos increased to the usual level and a few Chickadees were around from
> time to time. Throughout this period there were far fewer birds around than
> is typical in the woods, both up on the ridge and down in the lower places.
> As snows and cold weather increased, a pair of Downy woodpeckers showed up
> and the numbers of Chickadees increased but not to anything like the usual
> level. The first big snowstorm brought a flock of about ten Goldfinches, a
> bird we donąt often see ‹certainly not in big numbers‹ at our feeders during
> the winter. This morning the sudden change of weather brought a flock of
> more than twenty Goldfinches to the feeder as well as the seasonąs very
> first Hairy woodpecker. Yesterday and today a single White Throated Sparrow
> has been feeding on the ground under the feeders. So far this winter not a
> single Purple Finch or White Breasted or Red Breasted Nuthatch, all three
> constant visitors all through every winter till now. One morning last week,
> a Merlin perched on a branch next to the Niger feeder and waited for a few
> minutes. No other birds were around, and he left before I had time to grab
> my camera. This too was a first.
> Geoffrey
> From: Vermont bird List-posting <vtbird...> on behalf of Pamela
> Coleman <0000003fbb1e7534-dmarc-request...>
> Reply-To: Vermont bird List-posting <vtbird...>
> Date: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:49 AM
> To: Vermont bird List-posting <vtbird...>
> Subject: Re: [VTBIRD] Invasion of Gold Finches
> Here in Mt Tabor a flock of 40+ goldfinches, and just as many juncos!
> From: Robert Dudley <greyowlvermont...>
> To: <VTBIRD...>
> Sent: Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:55 AM
> Subject: [VTBIRD] Invasion of Gold Finches
> I could tell that bad weather was head our way, there were a number of birds
> at my feeders. I did not have time to count or identify them as I was
> spreading salt on my drive way in preparation of today's this weather. This
> morning I looked outside and I could not see my nyger seed feeder for all
> the Goldfinches on it. It was like the horror movie the invasion of the
> American Goldfinches. They were also on my bulk sunflower seed feeder.
> There are at least 40 Finches and possibly many more. I also have a large
> number of Juncos. I am really happy to see them.
> Cheers,
> Bob
> in West Arlington.
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