Saturday, November 22, 2008

Evening Grosbeaks: for Camera Critters

I had been sitting upstairs at my computer when I saw a small flock of birds fly to the top of my neighbour's trees across the street from me. Rushing downstairs to get my binoculars to see what they were, just as I id'ed them they left, but then surprised me for they had circled around the back of my house and were waiting for me in our feeder area when I looked out the window again. I wait for these birds each year. They are visually exciting with their handsome yellow ski visors and black and yellow patterning.
Evening Grosbeaks; they arrived this morning with our first real snow storm of the season. I watched while the male fed on seeds from our Manitoba Maple and females fed on the crab apples from our Ornamental Flowering Crab Apple Tree.
I am sure they will be back for more!

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29 comments:

Yen said...

Those are beautiful captures! Lovely shots of the bird:)

Aileni said...

Very attractive bird for a dull day.

bobbie said...

Wonderful pictures! You always do such a beautiful job.

splummer said...

Hi!
Those are awesome shots of the birds eating!! I don't think I've ever seen any of those birds where I live. Thanks for sharing. Take Care!!

Sherrie

Rose said...

Awesome photos.

Jedediah said...

Beautiful birds, nice captures.

Deborah Godin said...

I got all excited when I saw your post title in my reader, and the gorgeous pictures surely did not disapppoint! ;-) they are just lovely. Haven't seen these guys around here yet, not since my days out west. Maybe I need to bundle up and head for the Pelee Park for better winter birdwatching. My feeders don't have enough habitat around them to make birds feel safe, I think. Just a tree, no bushes. Plus being right on the lake, many days it's too windy, and there's spray from the waves.

me ann my camera said...

deborah:
I had been sitting upstairs at my computer when I saw a small flock of birds fly to the top of my neighbour's trees across the street from me. Rushing downstairs to get my binoculars to see what they were, just as I id'd them they left, but then surprised me for they circled around back of my house and was waiting for me in our feeder area when I looked out the window again. I wait for these birds each year. They are visually exciting with their handsome yellow ski visors and black and yellow pattern.

NW Nature Nut said...

Wow! They are beautiful with the snow falling. They are such a special treat to see. Do you see them on and off all winter? I only saw them for the first time in our garden in late summer.

Carletta said...

What wonderful pics!
Great captures.

madcobug said...

Those are beautifil birds. I am glad that they are finding food in all that snow. Thanks for sharing. Helen

Rambling Woods said...

Oh..now that is a catch as I understand that populations are on the decrease..wonderful..

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twobarkingdogs said...

Gorgeous! thanks for sharing.

me ann my camera said...

nw nature nut:
This sighting was a treat today for these birds are wanderers, some times you see them, sometimes you don't. Last winter we saw them often, I hope they follow that same pattern this year. I do love it when they come to our feeder area. They seem to love feeding on sunflower seeds on flat surfaces.

Cathy said...

I've never seen these birds before, so I was thrilled to take a look at all your wonderful photos of them!

Anna said...

What pretty birds! Thanks for sharing.

Mary said...

What a cool looking Grosbeak with its yellow mask! I wish they would come eat my crab apples! Their color is very stunning and beautiful.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Evening Grosbeaks are so pretty.I have only seen them a couple of times.I enjoy your bird pictures.
Blessings,Ruth

scienceguy288 said...

I don't see many grossbeaks. I love that first shot where he is looking directly at you.

babooshka said...

Right up my street. I would love this to add to my garden bird collection. I've got a cormorant for my critters today.

Becky and Gary said...

I would love to have them back at my feeders. We did about 15 years ago, and then they left and never came back. Maybe they didn't like what I cooked for them. LOL
Your shots of them are beautiful.

Bernie Krausse said...

It must have been a lot of fun watching them forage while it was snowing. It elicits a magical feeling.

Ruth said...

What a beautiful bird. I have never seen one but will be on the lookout this winter!

fishing guy said...

Ann: What a neat capture, I would have never identified that bird, thanks.

April said...

Beautiful pictures! They are gorgeous birds. Love the last one.

June said...

What a treat...and how nice of them to come to your house and give you a show! You took good advantage of it...

A Portland Backyard said...

Awesome captures! They are such magnificent birds!

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Lucky you! I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of Evening Grosbeaks in upstate NY. Thanks for giving me hope.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow. Great bird. I've never seen one like that.