Periodically the cone trees of the Canadian Boreal Forests don’t produce the cones that they normally do and the Pine Siskins, Redpolls and Grosbeaks descend into the United States . . . much to the delight of birders and bird feeders. Three winters ago the dominate bird on our feeders was the Pine Siskin . . . the last two years, we didn’t see a single one.
This year Evening Grosbeaks are being seen on feeders all over Maine, but despite my best effort . . . we haven’t seen a single one.
Then this afternoon on the way to Thanksgiving Dinner I saw a forsythia bush filled with the beautiful yellow and black birds. Species #305 for the year.