North American birds in winter

This video from the USA is called Bird Feeding in Winter.

From eBird:

Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast 2012-2013

September 20, 2012

Team eBird is pleased to once again host Ron Pittaway’s Winter Finch Forecast. While the focus of this piece is on Ontario, we believe it has interest to a wider audience. From Ron: This winter’s theme is that a fair number of species–especially Red and White-winged Crossbills, redpolls, Pine Grosbeaks, and Evening Grosbeaks–are likely to be on the move this year due to widespread crop failure of fruiting and cone-bearing trees in Canada. Three irruptive non-finch passerines are also discussed.

First, please read the Red Crossbill section and click the map link. This species is on the move throughout the US, with Red Crossbills reaching the Central California Coast, Kansas, Maryland, and New England. Many of these are proving to be Type 3 (from California to New England!), suggesting that their particular ecological niche–primarily Western Hemlock forest in the Pacific Northwest–is undergoing very hard times this year. As always with Red Crossbills, audio-recording their calls is invaluable. The below section gives instructions on reporting Red Crossbill sounds. Look for Matt Young’s guide to Red Crossbill types to come out on eBird next week

Meanwhile, it is on the Internet there

and please do report any Red crossbills that you can audio record to the specific type on eBird. Matt Young (may6 AT is even willing to help identify any recordings you are able to get, even cell phone recordings! Here‘s a Red Crossbill (Type 3) map from eBird.

Second, Red-breasted Nuthatches are all over right now and are on the move in all provinces and all 48 states. Please make sure to report them to eBird too so we can to continue to document this invasion.

Finally, although not mentioned in the finch report below, Boreal Owls are expected to move south this year. Think about good owl groves, or consider doing nighttime surveys in good evergreen areas near you to try to detect one. When Boreal Owls move, it is often just the lucky birders who detect them. But concerted effort might pay off, as there are surely always more out there than are seen.

Without further ado, here is Ron Pittway’s forecast:


After each FeederWatch season, Cornell Lab scientists analyze the data submitted by FeederWatch participants. Starting in 2005, the findings were published in Winter Bird Highlights. Click on the links below to see a PDF of each publication.

White-winged crossbill: here.

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