Outdoor Radio: Pine Grosbeak Irruption

A female Pine Grosbeak feeds on crab apples. / © Nathaniel Sharp

In this month’s episode of Outdoor Radio, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra are at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier, Vermont, with Nathaniel Sharp, a naturalist at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Together, they are scanning the tops of crab apple trees looking for Pine Grosbeaks, a “crown jewel” for winter bird watchers. Winter finch Irruptions don’t happen every year, but when fruit and seeds are sparse in the boreal forests, finches will often migrate south. Join us on this adventure and learn more about these irruptions from the north.

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Outdoor Radio is produced in collaboration with Vermont Public Radio.

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Comments (2)

  1. Wanda Rice says:

    Timely…..I had some pine grossbeaks for the first time in my crab apple in Windham, NH on December 27.

  2. Darlene says:

    I have 3 of them in my crab apple tree and they have been here for about a week in Lyndon, Vermont.

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