Evening Grosbeaks that were once wide spread and abundant in the area during late fall and winter are now difficult to find as their numbers have declined as dramatically as they had increased some 60 years ago. I have heard only one this fall.
Over the past few days I have seen Pine Grosbeaks in a number of locations including Westminster, Lunenburg and Gardner (3 locations) and so far all have been female or immature birds, which is fairly typical. These large and tame winter finches are typically an easy target for photo seekers and I have included a few digi-scope and digi-bin photos below.
|female "type" Pine Grosbeak feeding on crab apples in Lunenburg..|
|...with target in its bill|
|This one was at the junction of Rtes 101/140 in Gardner|
|near Heywood Hospital in Gardner|
|Mallard from the Old Mill in Westminster|
|a European Starling from Gardner|
|Red Squirrel from Gardner|
|Cedar Waxwing from Lunenburg|