Report by guest contributor MELISSA BLOCK (Minnetonka, Minnesota)
This has been a crazy winter irruption this year—for some locales. It was predicted that we would not get a big influx of Pine Siskins this year, but we did, only early in the season. Most of them have now moved farther south. I know I was excited when I saw some in my yard in November and early December, but I haven’t seen very many since then.
There have been a lot of reports of Evening Grosbeaks this year. Most of them have been north of the cities, but there have been some spotted at feeders around here.
It’s also been a great irruption year for some owls. Great Grey Owls have been plentiful at Sax Zim, Duluth and up the North Shore. I know there have been a couple Snowy Owls spotted near the MPS airport.
For me, in Minnetonka, it’s been a real mixed bag. I still have a few juncos in my yard, but they are few and far between. I have lots of goldfinches, Downy Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches. Every once and a while a Northern Flicker stops by. It’s still so interesting, and calming, to watch our winter birds.