EVENING GROSBEAKS!

The three female Evening Grosbeaks in the tree tops at Melrose Farm.

The three female Evening Grosbeaks in the tree tops at Melrose Farm.


This morning I got a call from Scott Baldinger informing me he had three EVENING GROSBEAKS at his feeders! I zoomed right down to have Scott tell me a Sharp-shinned Hawk had scattered all his birds and he was trying to relocate the Evening Grosbeaks. We staked out the area for about half an hour when Scott pulled up along side my car saying he was sure he had just heard one. It only took a moment, and we both heard them. A quick search of the area found them in the top of a tree across the street at Melrose Farm. We had great looks at the birds which eventually returned to his feeders. Scott had put the word out and Kathy Ashman and Bruce Nott had arrived and gotten to see them as well. The birds were around for about an hour when the Sharp-shinned Hawk returned, scattering them again. There were more birders coming, Mary Busky and Arlene Borko arrived shortly thereafter, but the birds had not returned by the time I had to leave. Hopefully, they have returned and many others will get to see these formerly common, but now rare birds. I can’t thank Scott enough for his quick calls and ongoing hospitality, he always shares the birds at his feeders with our entire birding community! Congratulations to him on another great bird at his feeders!
One of the grosbeaks in the tree in Scott's front yard.

One of the grosbeaks in the tree in Scott’s front yard.


One of the grosbeaks on the shepard's crook at Scott's feeders.

One of the grosbeaks on the shepard’s crook at Scott’s feeders.

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5 Responses to EVENING GROSBEAKS!

  1. Kathleen Ashman says:

    Your photos of these wonderful birds came out great, John. It wa so exciting to see them.

  2. kate hyden says:

    Ages ago they used to come in a wipe out our feeders (at least 20 at a time) but haven’t seen one in years…makes you wonder where the heck they went! So now we know.. to Scott’s house!

  3. Thanks Kathy, we were really lucky indeed!

  4. Kate,
    They had undergone a real population crash over the last twenty years, but about five years ago with a new wave of “Bud Worm” outbreaks in the northeast, they have started to rebound! Lets hope its a continuing trend! John

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