[CT Birds] Pine Grosbeaks, Pileated Woodpecker, BOWA?
rmharvey at snet.net
Fri Dec 28 21:41:30 EST 2007
On Fri, 28 Dec 2007 21:15:03 EST, you wrote:
>Someone observed that the birds did not really seem to be eating the flesh
>of the apples, and in fact the snow under the trees is orange from the dropped
>or discarded apple parts. You can watch the birds chew the small apples in
>their beaks and then seem to flick off large parts of the pulp. Perhaps
>they only want the seeds in the apple core?
The Pine Grosbeaks are indeed eating the seeds from the crabapples and
leaving the fruit. This is an important point! If you see the ground
under the ornamentals littered with discarded, mashed fruit there have
probably been Pine Grosbeaks feeding there even if they are not
present when you are. Keep this in mind when looking for them in
areas where they have not yet been reported!
Beacon Falls, CT
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