Thursday, November 27, 2008

An Invitation to Dine

They have been back several times, these Evening Grosbeaks, since I first sighted them in our yard on Saturday (Nov. 22nd). Other years I have just sprinkled black-oiled Sunflower seeds on the top of an old apple crate in our feeder area, but this year I decided to scatter some seed on top of our patio table, which we have decided to leave out for the winter, and this by far was the best invitation. I can now stand in my kitchen and take their pictures through the french doors and then the outside windows of our sun room. I have read that they like to feed on flat surfaces and the patio table provided room for lots of food and lots of grosbeaks.
A most distin- guishing feature of these Evening Grosbeaks are their heavy, cone- shaped bills which they are able to use very adeptly for husking sunflower seeds, which are a favourite feeder food for them.A female Evening Grosbeak
A male Evening Grosbeak

16 comments:

bobbie said...

They are beautiful little birds. I'm sure your invitation was very well appreciated.

Pagan Sphinx said...

Beautiful, those grosbeaks. We feed our backyard birds and they bring us much joy. I've seen these at our feeders but only fleetingly. Thanks for the tip about them liking to feed on flat surfaces. Will try that asap.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. This post was a pleasure.

Deborah Godin said...

I really like your close-ups shots. It adds something to my appreciation of and connection with a bird when I can see "the look in its eye" - the expression on its face. Makes it all much more personal somehow, like getting to know individual people instead of just seeing the crowd.

Mary said...

They are very pretty and so strange looking! I think they have a "blind" look with that funny mask. What astonishing color. I guess it's only fair for those of you with such hard winters to have such a pretty bird to compensate :-) The table is a great idea...brings them up to a nice level!

gina said...

they are beautiful. i'm sure a delight to watch, too.

Ruth said...

Beautiful pictures of beautiful birds. I would never want to leave my window if I had them visit. I checked our local birding forum and cannot see that anyone has seen around here.

NW Nature Nut said...

Lucky you! They sure are beautiful!

kjpweb said...

WoW! They are gorgeous! Never seen them before! Great job!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheers, Klaus

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Beautiful pictures of some very lovely birds.They are so colorful.Sounds like you ahve the perfect setup for photography.

rambling woods said...

Oh Ann...what a crew and so many have never seen one including me..

Kyle said...

I'm another who has never seen a grosbeak. Love that wild eyeliner they're using! ;-)

Great post!

me ann my camera said...

kyle:
They definitely are a sight to behold! I hope some come your way some day.

hildegarde said...

Funny with their yellow cap. It's always fun to see the resemblences with the species over here in Flanders and the differences.

Kay said...

What absolutely gorgeous birds. I love the coloring and patterns of their feathers. You got really striking shots.

i beati said...

wondrous closeups I love the header too !!

Julie said...

wow! Lovely pictures! Am i actually seeing a bird TONGUE? WOW!