I recently came across a forecast for winter finches on Slybird's blog. He's from the Cayuga area in NY.
It's pretty neat. sounds like it's going to be a good year.
It's also sounding like a good owl year too. With all the shrike reports (and the fact that I found one in WI for the first time in 8 years) I would guess that it's going to be a good boreal bird year. The Seed crops in the far north and west have almost failed and the small mamal populations have crashed. Couple that with the predicted cold winter and that should bring both passerines and predators down south.