Yes, I probably should have posted it to the list. It was an
unbelievable site. There were probably only 25 or so in the flock I saw
last weekend, and they were all female, juvenile types, but I kept
checking each one with my binoculars just to make sure. It was a nice
surprise. I checked the Birds of North America and it only mentions
flocks of up to 50 in migration in Panama.
Here is what I wrote in the Free Press for those that aren't following
"No matter how long you have been birdwatching, there is always
something exciting just around the corner. Take for example, a short
foray to Lake Runnemede in Windsor this past weekend when, quite to my
surprise, I encountered a flock, you heard right, a /flock/ of
rose-breasted grosbeaks, that remarkable bird with the red patch on its
breast that visits our feeders in the summer. I didnít realize until
that moment that grosbeaks formed single-species flocks."
Full article to be posted to the VCE blog momentarily:
Mountain Birdwatch Coordinator
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420 ē Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 x 6
David Hoag wrote:
> Thanks for the Free Press article !
> Re: single-species "flock of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks".
> One of my first reports to the old Records of VT Birds
> was of a 1986 springtime flock of 100+ R-b Grosbeaks.
> I counted the birds as they flew in from the south
> toward Fay Hill in Grand Isle; and identified them
> as they alit overhead in the hilltop trees.
> Of course I was not believed; and my report was tossed out!
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