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14-JAN-2019 Christine Hanrahan

Evening grosbeak

A scarce visitor to the region these days, though can be seen fairly reliably, in small numbers, in places like Larose Forest. I well remember the days, some decades ago, when huge flocks would descend in winter and clean out a feeder in what seemed like minutes, earning them the name "Greedybeaks"! They were a common sight, even for some an unwelcome one because they ate so much seed and their sheer numbers scared off other birds. Now,it is a momentous occasion to see and hear these large winter finches. I for one, always enjoyed seeing them in such large numbers and I really miss them!! A poor cone crop up north is what has driven these and other winter finches southward.

They are considered a Species of Special Concern in Canada by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).

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slhoornstra23-Feb-2019 08:25
Wonderful to see these beauties! V
Ann Pettigrew22-Jan-2019 15:58
I love these grosbeaks! Do you get them a lot? I have only seen them once here although they are in Pennsylvania this winter. I keep hoping they will show up.
Ellen Michaels17-Jan-2019 03:09
Lovely capture of these beauties. V
Torben Jorgensen15-Jan-2019 18:18
Wonderful sight of these beautiful birds, V
Blandine Mangin15-Jan-2019 16:02
very cute ! v
Walter Otto Koenig15-Jan-2019 14:17
Wonderful shot of them together like this. "V"
pkocinski15-Jan-2019 13:44
Great find.
Chris Morton15-Jan-2019 12:35
nice gathering
Yvonne15-Jan-2019 10:28
Looks like a small family gathered there... love the story Christine v!
Juliette15-Jan-2019 09:42
lovely birds !! beautiful capture V
joseantonio15-Jan-2019 05:20
they look so lovely.Sad that they are in danger.V
Isabel Cutler15-Jan-2019 05:04
Beautiful image. So sad, however, that their presence is in peril.
Hank Vander Velde15-Jan-2019 03:05
Great to see them and nice to get a chance to photograph them Christine.
Pierre Martin15-Jan-2019 01:44
happy for you to get some nearby, beautiful picture!

got about 100 at home now , and last year none
amazing the noise they can make!!!
hayl15-Jan-2019 00:47
I remember seeing them in large numbers in my childhood in Montreal. A treat to see them again.
globalgadabout15-Jan-2019 00:15
good they adapt and know to head south when food is scarcer...
Ray :)14-Jan-2019 23:33
Well done on capturing these beauties.
Tom Murray14-Jan-2019 22:57
The poor cone crop up north gives us an opportunity to see these wonderful birds again, even down here in central New England. Nice photo and it's good to see them again.
Nirvan Hope14-Jan-2019 22:47
It's good that at least you got to see some of these beautiful birds. And sad that their numbers have declined so dramatically.
Ghislaine et Réal Boulet14-Jan-2019 22:45
Nice capture.
Carl Carbone14-Jan-2019 21:43
Love them! They've only been here twice in twenty years—and only for less than an hour on one day, both times! They are lovely and welcome.
Jim Coffman14-Jan-2019 21:34
Oh my, they are such pretty birds! Nice capture...
Helen Betts14-Jan-2019 21:29
A beautiful bird, and a fine capture of it. Marvelous color in particular. V.
barbarajoy14-Jan-2019 21:20
They are the sweetest visitors and deserve some food. A delightful capture. A pity they are in fewer numbers than the past.
Chris14-Jan-2019 21:00
They are beautiful!
Anitta14-Jan-2019 20:54
Lovely capture of these beautiful visitors. V
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