White-winged crossbills, pine siskins and redpolls sighted in ArboretumMONDAY, JANUARY 26, 2009
Many bird-watchers are reporting white-winged cross bills, (Loxia leucoptera) in spruce trees in Longenecker Gardens or along McCaffrey Drive at the Arboretum. People are also seeing common and hoary redpolls (Carduelis flammea and C. hornemanni) in various conifers including Tamaracks near Teal Pond. Others have seen Pine Siskens (C. pinus), titmice (Parus bicolor), and white-throated sparrows(Zonotrichia albicollis). Robins can be seen near the Big Spring and flocks of cedar waxwings can be seen near the spring or in the crabapple collection.