The Grosbeaks are Back!

So now the fun begins with the sunflower seed consumption! The Evening Grosbeaks are back! About a dozen of them have been here on two different days, in the last week or so. They're probably scouts for the hundred plus we had for a few months the past few winters. They descend onto the deck each morning and eat us out of house and home.

This one's a female, with much the same colouring as the American Goldfinch's winter coat, but she's much bigger. Their faces are quite mean looking, I find. The male has totally different colouring.

Many thanks for dropping by! I'm glad you liked the wee Goldfinch pic posted yesterday! They sure are fluffy on cold days.

ps. The little white streaks are snow flakes!
Nice clear shot.
posted December 30th, 2011  
You have a great eye for capturing all these birds that drop by your place.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Awesome detail you captured. Love the curved beak.
posted December 30th, 2011  
oh my this is a beautiful closeup! had to favorite this!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Your bird shots are amazing.
posted December 30th, 2011  
I would say the beak is large, but not gross! ha ha-just a little bird humor :) Excellent shot!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Wonderful capture and bird,can't wait to see more!
posted December 30th, 2011  
She is just beautiful! Can't wait to see the male.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Wow! amazing detail!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Such detail. Perhaps I will improve my bird identification through your pics!
posted December 30th, 2011  
I haven't had grosbeaks in years. What a great shot Anne.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Beautiful!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Super catch!! He does look a little angry . . but he certainly is beautiful. My sister feeds the birds and it costs her a fortune. But she loves to see the beauty and the entertainment.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Fantastic Shot! Love the detail and close up. They once were at feeders here - been more than ten years since I have seen any! Very nicely done, Anne!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Beautiful capture.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Great capture Anne.
posted December 30th, 2011  
great capture
posted December 30th, 2011  
He doesn't look mean. He looks like he's singing. :0)
posted December 30th, 2011  
beautiful
posted December 30th, 2011  
You have such beautiful birds where you live. We have Grosbeaks too but our have a red bib. Very nice!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Wow - I've never seen one of these in person! Going to have to start putting out more seeds.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Beautiful! Nice DOF.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Great capture. Like the detail and composition.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Great capture, nice colouring :)
posted December 30th, 2011  
Lovely capture!
posted December 30th, 2011  
Nice closeup capture. We don't have birds like this one. I bet of flock of them would consume a lot of sunflower seed.
posted December 30th, 2011  
Beautiful!
posted December 31st, 2011  
That's a great close up, Anne. I can really learn about the birds and identify them from your posts.
posted December 31st, 2011  
Awww, beautiful!
posted December 31st, 2011  
Great shot, I love Grosbeaks. And a bokeh background, too!
posted December 31st, 2011  
I could spend hours sitting there watching all your birds. What a wonderful spot you have there.
posted December 31st, 2011  
you are the queen of cool bird shots
posted December 31st, 2011  
another awesome bird picture, I can see why they love your house, they are so well fed!
posted December 31st, 2011  
What a fantastic close up!
posted December 31st, 2011  
I must do the birdseed/feeder thing....I think I could get more birdies to come visit. This is a fav for me. Love the gray tones and swoosh of yellow.
posted December 31st, 2011  
gosh you really get some excellent shots...well done..
posted December 31st, 2011  
Beautiful capture, Anne! I haven't seen one of these!
posted December 31st, 2011  
Beautiful shot! The faint bokeh in the background is pretty too.
posted December 31st, 2011  
Omgoodness! What an awesome shot.
posted December 31st, 2011  
Hi Anne! Grosbeaks are wonderful and gentle birds.
posted December 31st, 2011  
Beautiful capture!
posted December 31st, 2011  
Beautiful shot- one of my favorite birds.
posted December 31st, 2011  
Beautiful Bird -- he has you spotted as a soft touch alright! Happy New Year!
posted December 31st, 2011  
faved, totally wonderful, cheers
posted January 1st, 2012  
Anne, what a beautiful capture of the grosbeak. I don't believe I've ever seen one around here. She looks so pretty in the snow scene. Fav!
posted January 1st, 2012  
nice, big, clear capture! He looks like he's thinking of something...seeds most likely. happy new year!
posted January 2nd, 2012  
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