Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Crossbills!

Our hawkwatcher, Steve Kolbe, has also been documenting the unprecedented finch flight this fall at Kiptopeke and he was able to get this remarkable image as a flock sped past...a male and female Red Crossbill and a male White-winged Crossbill.
Brian Taber

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Finch Invasion!

There are about 100 Pine Siskins hungrily competing for only 6 perches at our thistle feeder at
Kiptopeke State Park...this video was taken on on November 14th...and hundreds more are flying around the area. They are part of an unprecedented invasion of northern finches this fall. A rare Common Redpoll has also recently visited the feeder and flying over the nearby hawkwatch platform in recent weeks have been rare White-winged Crossbills, Red Crossbills and Evening Grosbeaks. They have joined the more common American Goldfinches, House Finches and Purple Finches to create an exciting migration spectacle not seen for many, many years!
Brian Taber

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Baird's Sandpiper

Rare in the region and late in the season, this Baird's Sandpiper was at Craney Island, Portsmouth on Nov 1st.
Brian Taber