Yesterday morning I heard the warbly calls of the Pine Grosbeak. They are definitely a harbinger of winter! I understand there is an advancing cold front moving into the upper midwest and there is snow in the forecast. Average arrival date for the Pine Grosbeak is: Oct 19 to Nov 10th.
They are one of our winter birds that migrate south to winter in northern Minnesota. And they are beautiful birds! When the dark deary days of winter intrude on our lives, the Pine Grosbeak is there to brighten it up.