I’ll admit I was jealous of Corey from 10,000 Birds post about Pine Grosbeaks yesterday. I couldn’t go, because Danika works on Saturdays and I have the kids. But this morning I dragged Danika out of bed at the unearthly hour of 10am and we headed up to Partridge Run WMA in Southwestern Albany County in search one bird species, Pine Grosbeak.
We arrived around 11:30am and the first pass through the intersection where they have been seen regularly showed nothing. Making a second pass, Danika saw a couple of birds fly from a crab-apple tree across the road. Getting out of the car, I quickly spotted atop a nearby spruce tree, a female Pine Grosbeak. She still had a crab-apple in her beak. She was joined by a second bird, before both flew off. We didn’t get any pictures, but continued to explore the nearby area, but were happy with the brief looks.
Danika randomly stopped the car at one point and a few moments later a group of birds flew in and sure enough they were a flock of 7 Pine Grosbeaks and I was quickly able to find a male to show Danika.
We spent another hour or so photographing several different flocks. It was hard to tell exactly how many individuals there were because the birds were moving around quite a bit, but at least a dozen birds is a good bet. The best photos are below. Incidentally this is the 250th bird species I have recorded in New York State this year (but Congratulations to Corey at 10,000 Birds who went over 300 species for the year, today!) Hope you had a great holiday and get ready for what should be an exciting Christmas Bird Count season!