This winter?
Nov02

This winter?

Finch irruptions are not that uncommon. They generally occur in some numbers, in some locations almost every year. But in some years the movements are larger and more widespread. The winter of 2012-2013 is shaping up to be one of those years. Irruptions are not necessarily caused by inclement weather. It appears to be more associated with a lack of available food. Ron Pittaway has spent years studying irruptions and has become the...

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Invasion of the PUFIs
Dec22

Invasion of the PUFIs

Don’t worry PUFIs won’t harm you. They won’t even take you up to the mothership to probe and prod you and send you home with nothing but a vague recollection of bluish lights and otherworldly mutterings. PUFI is simply bird-nerd speak for purple finch. This “sparrow dipped in raspberry juice,” as described by Roger Tory Peterson, nests primarily in coniferous and mixed woodlands across Canada from British Columbia to Newfoundland and...

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PUFIs galore
Dec17

PUFIs galore

I have about 20 PUFIs at my feeders. Been here about a week now. Been feeding here since 1994 – always get a few each winter. But never this many. Lucky for me I’m not participating in any citizen science projects this week. I’m sure 20 PUFIs would be flagged and dismissed the same way my report of 75 pine siskins was in early 2000s and same way my report of 20 palm warblers from Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife...

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