Feast your eyes now…

Feast your eyes now on the beautiful Pine Grosbeak because soon they will be leaving northern Minnesota and heading back across the northern border to Canada.

male Pine Grosbeak

male Pine Grosbeak

They always leave the Crane Lake area around the same time every year and that is right around March 15th. It seems they don’t care what the weather is like, they have their own time clock. Many Pine Grosbeaks are moving through the neighborhood right now as many of the birds are coming from places to the south like the Sax-Zim bog.

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

pine grosbeaks

pine grosbeaks

Pine Grosbeak, female

Pine Grosbeak, female

Many of the juvenile birds are just starting to get their brilliant colors and some appear a rusty red while others are turning a more pinkish red.

Pinicola enucleator

Pinicola enucleator

The Pine Grosbeak is the largest member of the Finch family, slightly larger than the Evening Grosbeak.

pine grosbeak

pine grosbeak

Good-bye Pineys until next year, see you in November.

 

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4 Responses to Feast your eyes now…

  1. Lynne at Hasty Brook says:

    So beautiful! I will miss them.

  2. ray potthoff says:

    Those pine grosbeaks surely are regal in that wine colored outfit. We saw many on our annual winter outing to Sax-Zim from here in Bluff Country…

    • Vacation says:

      They are gone now, I think. The last one that I saw was on March 12th. Compare that to March 13th in 2010 and March 15th in 2009. It’s fun keeping track of this bird, they’re pretty reliable. There are still tons of Redpolls here and this morning a couple of Robins checked out the yard.

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