Date: 11/8/19 7:54 am From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] 11/7 - report from Gloucester yard
Here's a report from a poster in from Gloucester:
Yesterday, November 6th, I saw my first of season white-throated sparrow in our yard in Gloucester. Last year, for the first time, they stayed all winter. We had four or six of them. We'll see what happens this year!
Also we have not had red-breasted nuthatches at all. Last year was unusual in that we had a number of them, and they stayed for several weeks. I realize it was an irruptive year for red-breasted nuthatches last year, but still we usually get one or two. This year I have seen none. Has anyone else noticed a dearth of red-breasted nuthatches? I always find it interesting when the range maps don't really reflect my experience. Range maps I have for red-breasted nuthatch say that all of Massachusetts is a place where they are around all year. But that has not been my experience.
Last year we also had purple finches. I don't know if it was an irruptive year for them, but we normally don't get them at the feeder and last year we had quite a few. None so far this year. But the white-throated sparrows are always a pleasure.