Pine Grosbeaks, Redpolls among latest winter visitors to Holyoke

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

After several weeks of hearing reports of Pine Grosbeaks in the region — mostly over in the Quabbin area — I finally found a pair Sunday morning in Heritage State Park, gorging on berries.

Here’s another angle:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

Also on Sunday, I found two Common Redpolls mingling with a few American Goldfinches behind the former Albion Paper Mill, near the Connecticut River:

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

(c) Greg Saulmon 2013

After I posted about the grosbeaks in a Facebook group for Western Massachusetts birders, one member decided to scope out Heritage State Park and ended up spotting a Black-and-White Warbler — a rarity in the area at this time of year,

  1. Happy to have found your blog, Greg. We had a couple of Redpols at our feeders today. No Pine Grosbeaks as yet, unless they were mixed in with the many Goldfinches we get.

  2. Went to Heritage Park today, bit didn’t see even one bird!

    • The park is a funny place, Steve. In my experience it’s often not teeming with birds, and can seem somewhat barren. Some of the most interesting sightings I’ve had there have literally been among the only birds in the park over the course of a few hours of effort. Right now I’ve been seeing Juncos, Cooper’s Hawks and Robins very consistently, but everything else has been pretty scattershot.

  3. Thanks for the info, Greg. We will be sure to give it another try.

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