This is the bird species that first got me started on bird- watching. On November 10, 1999 a small flock were feeding in our High Bush Cranberry trees and I thought they were magnificent birds; especially the adult males in their rich, red colouring. I had never seen Pine Grosbeaks before and since then, that first encounter, I eagerly watch for their return to our Cranberry trees each fall. Some years they don't arrive, but this year they seem to be earlier than usual. Hopefully I will have more photo opportunities in the days and weeks ahead.