The Daily Globe - Serving Gogebic, Iron and Ontonagon Counties

Continuing snow, cold produce bang-up bird action at feeders


January 13, 2018

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NORTHWOODS BIRD watchers should look for pine grosbeaks at any fruit sources, gritting on roadways, eating tree buds and seeds, or visiting backyard feeders, according to Ryan Brady, who snapped the photo.

An upside to the cold and snow that has arrived on the Gogebic Range is it has brought backyard bird feeders to life.

As the snow piles up and temperatures again plummet, the birds have not been bashful in seeking food sources.

Pine siskins have been plentiful in many regions, mixed with some common redpolls, according to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist Ryan Brady, in Ashland.

"Pine grosbeaks have been showing fairly well across the Northwoods. Snowy owls remain widespread, with sightings in all but nine of Wisconsin's 72 counties," Brady said in the DNR's weekly repor...

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