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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Evening Grosbeaks

Recently we had this Evening Grosbeak pair at our tray feeder, (female left, male right). Such dramatic birds, with their large, no-seed-is-too-big-to-crack bills, and striking, yellow plumage. They were once more common in New England, especially in the 1960's and 70's. We remember, years ago, when large flocks would descend in winter on our Massachusetts feeders and we could hardly keep up with stocking the feeders. They are now far less common, so it's a special treat to see them. Their breeding range is north of us (we are in southern NH). Wonder why this pair was here now, if they had nested, and, if so, where were their young? So many questions. If you attract birds, it draws you into their lives, and out of yours. That is a good thing.

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