December 7, 2012 Brambling pair still here

Seward Sporadic Bird Report

Fading stars, bright Venus, and the Cheshire cat smile of the waning moon ushered in another clear day. The north wind is mellowing but still blowing; the thermometer grudgingly rose into the low teens then settled back down. Ghostly tendrils danced across the bay as the warmer ocean released heat to the frigid air.

The two BRAMBLINGS were still at Lowell Point, hanging out with DARK-EYED JUNCOS and PINE SISKINS.  Thanks to a tip from Robin C, I found them around 12:30 in the same spruce tree as before, near Shady Lane. I was fortunate to watch them feeding on spruce seeds in the sun's bright spotlight. All too soon, the sun sank behind the mountain, the light faded, and the temperature dropped a little lower.

Scott Schuette, who originally discovered the Bramblings with Luke DeCicco, identified both of these birds as winter males. Now to find them a female!

Happy Birding!
Carol Griswold
Seward Sporadic Bird Report Reporter

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