As we creep our way into October, any avid birder can tell you that nothing excites us quite as much as Ron Pittaway’s annual Winter Finch Forecast. Publishing his findings each and every year at this time, Ron and his team take a deep and concentrated look at the finch populations, past and current trends and most importantly, food availability to the north of us.
Using this data, he is able to fairly accurately predict the number of finches we should expect to see this winter, which species are likely to head our way and how and where we should provide additional food for those that might need it more than others.
Speaking specifically to eastern Canada, this year’s forecast is predicting an irruption of sorts, one that is sure to please birders of all ages and experience levels. While some years, spotting certain species of finches could be challenging, it is looking like this year should be a breeze.