[CT Birds] American goldfinch invasion? All of one here inWashington, CT so far

Sarah Faulkner sffaulkner at comcast.net
Sat Feb 27 17:10:27 EST 2010


Send them to me!  My poor thistle feeder sits with no birds, day after day, 
while the house sparrows eat all the seed from the other feeders.  Wish I 
had a sharpie handy...

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jim Zipp" <jimzipp at sbcglobal.net>
To: "John D Babington" <davewb07 at sbcglobal.net>; 
<ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org>
Sent: Saturday, February 27, 2010 1:29 PM
Subject: Re: [CT Birds] American goldfinch invasion? All of one here 
inWashington, CT so far


> We currently have a minimum of 150 Goldfinch at our feeders.  Two 20 perch 
> feeders and 3 smaller finch feeders and they are most often full with 
> twice as many more feeding on the ground under them.   Each tube goes down 
> a foot or more each day now.
>
> Side note, Our big Rusty Blackbird flock has moved on.  We still have 1-15 
> of them drop in occasionally but seem to stay only a matter of minutes.
>
> One big change in them is that many more of them are males now than 
> females and the males have changed a lot in only the last 2 weeks.  Some 
> have almost completed their molt and lost nearly all of their rusty 
> feathers on their backs and are pretty close to totally black.  There are 
> also grackles coming in now too but when both species are present they 
> mostly stay apart as much as possible on the ground.
>
> Jim and Carol
>
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> ________________________________
> From: John D Babington <davewb07 at sbcglobal.net>
> To: ctbirds at lists.ctbirding.org
> Sent: Sat, February 27, 2010 1:18:07 PM
> Subject: [CT Birds] American goldfinch invasion? All of one here in 
> Washington, CT so far
>
> I noted Donna Rose's comment about her American goldfinch invasion in 
> Woodbury. I am doing Feeder watch here in Washington, CT this weekend and 
> so far have seen one American goldfinch. The one American goldfinch today 
> is the first I have seen for 2009-2010 Feeder Watch here since my 20-21 
> Nov 2009 Feeder Watch period. Lots of juncos, blue jays, and 
> white-throated sparrows here today for Feeder Watch. I hope the one 
> American goldfinch here today is a portent for a lot more American 
> goldfinches here.
>
> David W Babington
> Washington, CT
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