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See where finches might appear this winter! - Check out our maps of the winter finch forecast.

Finches are found across North America, but every winter, certain species of finches partake in movements of great numbers into various regions. Learn where to find these finch irruptions for winter 2023/2024!

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Which regions will see the big finch movements?

When finches irrupt, certain regions of North America seem to benefit more than others. Fortunately, there are so many species of irruptive finches that we all get to experience winter finches. Somewhat. While every state, province, or territory might not get to experience siskins in the tens of thousands or grosbeaks filling every treetop, most areas will see a little movement from some northern or eastern finches that are uncommon. And this, my bird friends, is the potential excitement that the Winter Finch Forecast brings. Onward to the maps!

Pine Siskin Irruption Map

Pine Siskins are on the move throughout the continent. The forecast is predicting strong movements ACROSS the board due to a poor white spruce crop throughout much of the boreal forests, which harbors the majority of Pine Siskin breeding populations. Two monitoring stations along the US-Canada border in the northeast have counted well over 120,000 Pine Siskins migrating south (so far), which is significantly more than the previous fall! A single-day count at Whitefish Point yielded 19,260 birds!

Pine Siskin Irruption Map
Pine Siskin are expected... almost everywhere this winter!

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Evening Grosbeak Irruption Map

Tyler Hoar (Finch Forecast Extraordinaire) and the Finch Research Network noted ample native food options for Evening Grosbeaks east of the Great Lakes. This will lead to a lesser movement along the Atlantic Region, but the Great Lakes and westward may see more localized movements from birds.