Favorite Photos of 2012 – pt 10 – Pine Grosbeak

By , January 28, 2013 12:25 am
Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

January is a dismal month for birdwatching in Minnesota and 2013 has been no exception to that rule. What is worse is coming after a warm year with a very warm winter, this Winter has been much colder than last and many birds we get regularly haven’t bothered to show up.  We haven’t had any Red-winged Blackbirds or Northern Shrikes this year. In order to fill the gap I have made a series of posts featuring my photos of last year. In part this is to disguise the dismal start we have had this year, and in part to display some of the better photos that almost nobody sees after they are shot.

I have a few other birds I haven’t covered from last year, but most are common birds like the Chipping Sparrow, or birds that I cover each year, such as our Zonotrichia friends. So, I will end my series here.

So, the last favorite photo will be the Pine Grosbeak.  This bird is one we had never seen before. It does appear rarely in NJ, but we never saw it there.  It showed up 5 times, twice in November and 3 times in December.  It is one of the more beautiful birds, even more so considering we only saw what was either female or immature examples. The red colored male didn’t stop. It is not skittish at all. The bird was hanging out chomping on berries in our neighbors yard and it didn’t seem bothered by my attention.

Pine Grosbeak 11/14/2012

Pine Grosbeak 11/14/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/1/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/1/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/2/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/17/2012

Pine Grosbeak 12/17/2012

One Response to “Favorite Photos of 2012 – pt 10 – Pine Grosbeak”

  1. Shawnne says:

    These birds are absolutely beautiful! This is the first time I have ever seen them. I hope we get them again! This year I have seen several birds for the first time. It’s wonderful to see new birds.

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