Thursday, October 30, 2014

Whitefish Point: Some Boreal Highlights

Eric writes: It has been an interesting couple weeks at Whitefish Point.  Many irruptive species have made their way to and past the point.  The biggest highlight was a Northern Hawk Owl that spent half of a day at the point.  I was able to watch it for a couple minutes as it successfully hunted.  "Winter" finches have also shown up in good numbers.  Hundreds of Common Redpolls and Pine Siskins have been around on many days and a handful of Evening and Pine Grosbeaks as well as Bohemian Waxwings have been seen.  A couple Northern Shrikes have also provided lots of entertainment on slow waterbird days.

A male Evening Grosbeak about to come down to the feeders.

A female Evening Grosbeak.  The highest daily total of Evening Grosbeaks
has been 25.

Pine Siskins, Purple Finches, and an Evening Grosbeak that looks like a giant.


A juvenile Northern Shrike that spent a day at the point.

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