Finch activity at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford (NE corner of N. Main and Auburn Sts) is heating up over the past few days.
A smattering of Pine Siskins has been hanging around for over a week. This morning, Steve Gent and John Longhenry had 45 in a flock. Around 11:45 am, I had a flock of 55. About the same time, I had a flock of 18 Red Crossbills fly over headed NE. Yesterday, Larry Balch had a flock south of the chapel which flew SW.
John Longhenry had 2 White-winged Crossbills yesterday at the circle with the hemlocks north of the chapel. A migrating Cooper’s Hawk soared over the cemetery around 1:00 p.m. yesterday.
There are a lot of cones on the conifers in the cemetery, particularly on the hemlocks. This place bears frequent checking.