Part of a flock of approximately 47 Common Redpoll. Photo by Charlotte R. Catalano

Two Pine Grosbeaks atop a frost-covered Jack Pine (Pinus banksiana). Photo by Charlotte R. Catalano

Approximately 47 Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)


Whitefish Point is still laden down with two feet of snow and below freezing temperatures, stymieing passerine migration. The only notable songbird migration relates to a flock of approximately 47 Common Redpoll observed from the hawk deck platform on March 18. Otherwise resident Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) are ever-present at the WPBO feeders and in the woods alongside a couple of Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis). Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator) are persisting in the area and should be for some weeks yet. A couple Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivali) have been present as well with hope that more will be coming through soon.

An adult Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentillis) took to the air from a tree along the boardwalk just north of the Owl’s Roost Gift Shop on the 18. I presume the bird to be the same one that passed over the hawk deck some minutes prior to my observation.

–  Charlotte R. Catalano, Spring 2019 Field Ornithologist