This winter New Jersey has been blessed with several irruptive bird species. Irruptive species are birds that don't normally winter in a particular area. These irruptions add a dramatic level of excitement to winter bird watching and I’ve been lucky to have both White winged crossbills, Pine Siskins and Purple Finches in my yard. We have also had reports of Common Redpoll in New Jersey, but I haven’t seen any yet.
This morning I had a flock of about 10 female White winged crossbill eating Hemlock cones from the ground. I would have liked to have seen some males, but this was a girls’ breakfast event.