|Sadly frosty conditions forced us to cancel cbc4kids|
|A pair of male pine grosbeaks near the launching pad feeder|
Last year we did not band any pine grosbeaks in what I think of the winter of 2017 and only managed to band our first pine grosbeak a couple of weeks ago which while technically was in 2017 it feels like the winter of 2018. Catching the December pine grosbeaks did allow us to reach 100 species banded in one year at the marsh which may be a goal that may elude us for a long time to come.
|Kristen right and Clayton left might very well be holding the first pine grosbeaks banded in North America this year|
|Kristen with a chickadee always a favourite at the feeder this bird proved to have been banded 2 years ago|
So we are off to a nice start at the marsh and we have lots of pine grosbeaks and a handful of evening grosbeaks coming to black oil seed on a regular basis. So far common redpolls have been flying over and can be found at a few feeders in the area and often on the secondary roads eating gravel. Banding at the marsh this time of year is difficult to schedule due to the cold and the availability of volunteers. By the time march rolls around we will be hopefully able to host some visiting times for folks to come out and enjoy seeing winter finches. Other than that we will send emails to members to alert them to times we know we will be out this winter.
Thanks to Kristen and Clayton for helping to get us started, stay tuned for more developments at the marsh it promises to be a very exciting year for the marsh. Happy bird year to all!!!!