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November 17, 2017

American Goldfinches Take Over Cornell Feeders

These acrobatic little finches can be found in weedy fields and floodplains balancing on the seedheads of thistles, dandelions, and other plants to pluck seeds. And when they're at feeders, nyjer and sunflower are their preferred treat.  

November 17, 2017

The Interesting Migration Strategies Of Evening Grosbeaks

Evening Grosbeaks are irregular (or “irruptive”) winter migrants, which means it’s hard to predict where they will show up in their wintering ranges in any given year. Some winters they will show up at feeders far south of their normal range; however, over the past fifty years these thick-billed finches have become uncommon in areas, particularly in the eastern US, partially due to their declining numbers.  

November 16, 2017

Bermuda Petrels Kick Off The Breeding Season On Nonsuch Island

Bermuda Petrels will be spending most of their time over the next few weeks spending time together, courting, and mating—just what you would expect from birds entering the onset of the breeding season. Once December arrives, they will head back out to sea for another month or so before the female returns to lay her egg in early January!