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Finch Family Visitors

Members of the Finch family (Fringillidae) from farther north have begun showing up at feeders and fruit trees, as was predicted.   Pine siskins, evening grosbeaks, pine grosbeaks, common redpolls and even a few red crossbills have ventured down into southern New England in search of food.  The latest arrivals in the Upper Valley (VT/NH) were pine grosbeaks (male pictured).  The mountain-ash berry crop is spotty further north, so pine grosbeaks have come south in search of  European mountain-ash trees as well as ornamental crabapples. Invasive buckthorn redeems itself somewhat by producing berries that pine grosbeaks also find appealing.