Date: 4/16/18 10:39 am From: Marty Wall (via carolinabirds Mailing List) <carolinabirds...> Subject: Purple Finch, Rockingham County, NC
Hi Carolina Birders,
I saw one female/immature Purple Finch with a flock of American Goldfinches along Deshazo Road (part of Mayo River State Park) in northwest Rockingham County, NC this morning. The finches were feeding on the abundant slippery elm seeds near the one lane bridge about half a mile north od Anglin Mill Road. This spot has been consistently good for Purple Finches during the middle of April every year since I started birding there in 2013, except for 2015, when I didn't make it during the peak week. eBird checklist with photos linked below. Below that is a list of Purple Finch high counts by year for the location. In a good finch year, it is amazing...even in an off year, there was at least one Purple Finch.