There have been both pine and evening grosbeaks in my Lolo
neighborhood off and on the last few weeks, but I didn't consider
that unusual as they were regulars last Feb-Mar. Prior to last year,
I wasn't paying attention.
I saw pine grosbeaks on my neighbor's feeders this morning.
I had evening grosbeaks on my feeders a few weeks ago and pine
siskins were eatting me out of house and home. For a while I had 40-
60 pine siskins at any given time.
About 5 weeks ago I had a single female black-headed grosbeak at the
feeder for a few days.
For about a week I've had pink-sided dark-eyed juncos.
What I haven't seen lately is house finches. I had them daily up
until a few weeks ago. I note counts participating in the Cornell
house finch conjunctivitis study. I had an average of 5 observed at
the same time up until a few weeks ago. I saw 1 yesterday for the
first time in a few weeks.
www.bigskycountry.net - Updated Sept 24, 2007
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, "Garrett MacDonald"
> Going along with Bob's post, I've seen (and heard) Evening
> flying over my apartment near Pattee Canyon 4 different mornings in
> past 10 days or so. I believe this is the first time I've seen them
> the Missoula valley in my 2 years of living here. The largest flock
> contained 12 birds, and all the others have been singles. I assumed
> first few sightings were weather related, due to a system moving
> through and unstable weather in the mountains. But Bob brings up an
> interesting point about food availability. Anyone else seeing
> numbers of seed-eating birds?
> Good birding to you all,
> Garrett MacDonald
> Missoula, MT