Sunday, February 17, 2013

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary-Evening Grosbeaks

Eric writes:

The main platform feeder-the Evening Grosbeaks never stopped by this feeder

This morning Chad and Ceth Williams, Aiden Rominger, and I took a trip out to Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary to look for the continuing Evening Grosbeaks.  Within seconds of getting to the feeders we heard the distinctive call note of an Evening Grosbeak.  Within a few seconds we saw our first, a female.  For our stay of a couple hours both male and female Evening Grosbeaks came to the feeder frequently.  The hundreds of American Goldfinches and House Finches as well as a few Red-breasted Nuthatches and Purple Finches made the time fly by.  After birding the sanctuary and seeing a Black Vulture, a few Golden-crowned Kinglets, and some Eastern Bluebirds we birded some backroads back to the highway.  Our highlights on the backroads were an early Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, and a few Horned Larks.

One of the beautiful, male, Evening Grosbeaks

Another of the beautiful, male, Evening Grosbeaks

One of the female-type Purple Finches visiting the feeders.

Red-breasted Nuthatch-one of 3 or so coming to the feeders.

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