Date: 11/21/20 8:12 am From: Chad Witko <chadjwitko...> Subject: [VTBIRD] Brattleboro Pine Grosbeaks (Continuing)
This morning at 8:45 am, I was able to relocate Paul Miksis' previously reported Pine Grosbeaks (now totaling five individuals), this time from an ornamental apple tree in the middle of the Walgreens' parking lot off of Canal Street. This is immediately adjacent to the Red Clover Commons from which they were reported yesterday.
After looking in the wrong direction for a few moments (towards Red Clover Commons), I turned around and saw the large finches with deeply forked tails with my naked eyes on the *other *side of my car. Unfortunately, the look was very brief, about 30 seconds, and all five flew southwest, past the Econo Lodge, and out of sight.
At this time, I decided to drive in the direction in which they flew but could not relocate them. I figured I'd give them some time, go birding elsewhere, and come back. Arriving back at Walgreens at 9:30 am, I was able to find the same five birds already back in the tree. This time, I watched them for much longer and stayed with them for nearly 25 minutes before driving 5 mins back home to get my partner to see if she was interested in giving them a chase.
The two of us arrived at Walgreens just after 10 and found the birds still present. Sadly, my partner got no more than a naked-eye look before they flew off, again in the direction of the Econo Lodge. It was an exact repeat of my experience first thing this morning. We stayed for 10 minutes without seeing them return. When the birds flew off the second time, there was a lot more foot traffic and cars, and while Pine Grosbeaks are famously docile, they either had too much apple or too many humans coming and going and decided to head off.
If you're looking to see these birds, parking in the Walgreens parking lot and staying in your car will be your best shot. Give it some time; they're likely to come back as long as they're sticking around.
In addition to the grosbeaks, highlights included a single Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a Turkey Vulture migrating high overhead.
*Chad WitkoBrattleboro, VT* "I came to believe birds are the most vivid expression of life. It made me aware of the world in which we live." Roger Tory Peterson