|Snow Bunting (http://www.garygulashnaturephotography.com)|
Snow Buntings are a northern tundra species that comes south during the winter looking for some open grass to find seeds. They are more than happy to hang out where there is mostly snow and looking at their plumage you can see why.
|New Bird Feeder (photo by Lynn Jones)|
The first week of March has brought another northern species down to Connecticut. Pine Siskins have been reported on feeders throughout the state for a few weeks but without any showing up on campus. Finally, yesterday in the steady fall of snow two Pine Siskins stopped by the new thistle feeder for a snack.
|Pine Siskin (photo by Lynn Jones)|
These little finches have very pointy little beaks that are perfect for fitting into the small opening of conifer cones for seeds. Earlier this morning I counted four. With any luck, our next blog will be about another small finch that comes to visit from the north on occasion.
|Downy Woodpecker (photo by Lynn Jones)|