Chirps and Cheeps

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  Winter in the Adirondacks

Published: January 31, 2016
Tags: General Observations, Gray Jay, Boreal Chickadee, Evening Grosbeak, Red Crossbill, Pine Siskin

When I read that NYSOA was hosting an Adirondack trip, I jumped at the opportunity to get up to the mountains again. Fortunately, I was allowed to attend, even though the trip had reached its limit. Alec Humann and Chris Kundl had aleady signed up and allowed me to travel along with them - what great travel companions!

We all saw some wonderful birds over the 3 day weekend, including a large flock of at least 50 Evening Grosbeaks, many encounters with Red Crossbills, seven Gray Jays at a feeding stop, and a pair of elusive Boreal Chickadees.  Pine Siskins were seen and heard everywhere due to a large irruption this year.

Alec gained two state birds, Chris got three life birds, and I was a happy camper just to see these boreal birds once again!

One highlight was seeing a winter-white Snowshoe Hare cross over a road just after a hunter had left the scene. We all got quite a chuckle that his quarry seemed to know just when it was safe to come out of the woods!

Joan Collins, birder extraordinaire, led the trip along with her birding partner, Mary Beth. They were both fantastic guides and organizers and I'd like to extend a big thank you to them both!  Joan's hearing never ceases to amaze me!

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A Gray Jay looking all cute!

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Gray Jay

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Gray Jay

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Gray Jay

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A small portion of the large flock of Evening Grosbeaks

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A pair of Evening Grosbeaks

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Boreal Chickadee

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Pine Siskin

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Red Crossbills

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Red Crossbills

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Pine Siskins and Red Crossbills gritting on the side of the road

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A little closer look at the crossbills gritting

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Red Crossbill (female)

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Three crossbills in the tree

Reply from: Gary on 6/13/2016 1:01 PM
 Hi Sue, Thanks for sharing the nice pictures. Too bad you couldn't add anything to your own list. Do you have any idea how many birds you do add to your list each year? I really need to get my own list going again.
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