Winter birds.

In the last week or so winter finches have arrived in our area. Thus far both crossbills, purple finches and a lot of pine siskin have been seen. Red-breasted nuthatches seem to be present in good numbers. We should be seeing Lapland Longspurs and snow buntings in our area, as well as rough-legged hawks and merlins. At least two merlins spent a week in Greenwood cemetery recently. Water birds are also on the move. Keep an eye out for swans, loons and especially sea ducks. You never know what might pay us a visit.  Also worth checking open water for gulls.   Saw-whets , short-eared and sometimes snowy owls can appear. Happy hunting

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