Chuck's Weekly Birding Report

November 11, 2020 by Team Journey North

What species is Chuck observing? Find out in his latest birding report from Journey North's home base, the UW-Madison Arboretum.

Purple Finch at UW–Madison Arboretum. Photo: Chuck Henrikson

Chuck Henrikson’s Birding Report From UW–Madison Arboretum

“If you want to see birds this time of year in the Arb go to the Crabapple Collection. Most of the birds there are feeding on all the different varieties of crabapples. The primary eaters are the American Robins. I can easily see 30-40 of them flying all over the collection. They pluck the crabapples and eat them whole. Many Cedar Waxwings were feeding on the crabapples a few weeks ago but now I’m only seeing a few. House Finches and Purple Finches eat crabapples but only in small pieces. Their beaks are a mess with all the littles bits stuck to the sides. All the birds up in the crabapple trees tend to drop lots of crabapples to the ground.” Read Chuck’s Weekly Birding Report #34.

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