Date: 11/21/20 10:05 am From: Rich MacDonald <rich...> Subject: Re: [Maine-birds] Northern Maine Birds: Northern Cardinal irruption
I saw in interesting eBird graphic of cardinals all the way up the Gaspé Peninsula. There were even a few reports along the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence nearly up to Labrador!
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From: Maine-birds <maine-birds...> on behalf of Bill Sheehan <bill.j.sheehan...>
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 9:06 AM
To: Maine-birds <maine-birds...>
Subject: [Maine-birds] Northern Maine Birds: Northern Cardinal irruption
I have been enjoying the reports of PIne and Evening Grosbeaks well south of their usual winter range this year. Numbers of both of these species have recently been above normal and well-distributed here in the northern part of the state as well.
I wanted to note that there also appears to be a large influx of Northern Cardinals into the northern part of the state this fall. Cardinal overwinter in this area annually, but are typically seen in low numbers and usually reported primarily at intown locations. This year cardinals started being reported across southern Aroostook and northern Penobscot counties in late October. Numbers have been building since with many birders reporting multiple birds at their feeders as far north as Caribou. Two females and a male at my feeders make a high count in the 30 years I've lived here.
Redpoll flocks are abundant in the woods and fields, but these haven't been visiting any feeders yet (that I have heard). Both flavors of nuthatches also seem to be numerous this fall.
I have gotten a couple reports of Snowy Owls locally but they seem to have been passing through and were not relocated.
Northern Shrikes and Bohemian Waxwings are being seen in typical numbers for the season thus far.