I was at a meeting today at Ben and Jerry's. When I went in at 10, there were 6 Pine Grosbeaks in a crab tree next to my car. When I came out at 2, I guess the birds Eric and Maeve were seeing scattered about earlier had decided to have a party. There were 38 in one tree. And a few more in another (a bit far for a good count). Plus one Bohemian hanging with the crowd.
I think someone -- maybe it was Eric on an earlier post -- said there was plenty of fruit around the Community Drive circle to keep them around for awhile. Indeed, many of the trees still seem full of fruit -- although some could be empty skins of fruits already enjoyed.
On Feb 14, 2013, at 1:39 PM, Eric Hynes wrote:
> Hello Vermont Birders:
> I have a friend coming to visit this weekend from Virginia and Pine
> Grosbeak would be a new bird for him so I did some scouting this morning.
> I went to Technology Park on Community Drive, off Kimball Avenue, in South
> Burlington. I came across flocks of 9, 11, 13, and 20 Pine Grosbeaks. I
> know there is some overall there but not sure how much. I had the pleasure
> of bumping into Maeve Kim there. Always nice to put a face to an email
> address since I so rarely see other birders in the field.
> Upon exiting, I took a left off of Kimball Avenue onto Old Farm Road. At
> the south end, just before it reaches Rt.116, there was a scattered flock
> of ~200 Bohemian Waxwings feasting on buckthorn (unfortunately) on either
> side of the road. At the rate they were consuming it, they won't be there
> much longer.
> Switching gears, like many of you, I have been noticing pairs of Red-tailed
> Hawks perching together recently.
> Photos of the three species mentioned above can be viewed at:
> Eric Hynes
Waitsfield, Vt. 05673
802-496-9393 ext 13