Rowan robin


The rowan trees are many and heavily laden, but where are the irruptives?

At this time of year, I watch for irruptives. These are birds that don’t visit us each year, but occasionally do so as a result of dramatic, irregular, food-seeking, migrations. So far this season, I have caught glimpses of only White-winged Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, and Pine Siskins. 

However, I am really looking for large flocks of either Pine Grosbeaks or, in particular, Bohemian Waxwings. Some other years, I have seen them feeding on rowan berries (mountain ash), so I have been watching such trees.

Alas, I have not seen any irruptives on our rowan trees as yet. But, the trees have been attracting robins. I will continue to watch.

A robin manoeuvres among the rowan berries.


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4 Responses to Rowan robin

  1. pamella Wik says:

    I’m with you on that Alistair. So many berries, so few pines.’ And I too am watching for bohemians, and I too do not them find.

  2. colleen says:

    I have not found them either. I am wondering if the forest fires this summer has deterred the birds?

  3. Sarah Fawcett says:

    I saw a few bohemian waxwings at Kokanee Creek Park on November 18th (along with a pine siskin, lots of American Goldfinch and boatload of robins).

  4. Christine Boyd says:

    That’s a lovely robin photo Alistair.

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