Pineys are gone

Pine Grosbeak

Pine Grosbeak

Last Sunday, March 13th, was the last time I saw a Pine Grosbeak at Crane Lake. And the funny thing is, is that the last one I saw was a brightly colored male. So I guess that blows my theory about the males leaving first.

This is pretty much right on schedule. Last year they left by the 12th and the year before that they were gone by the 15th. This is a sure sign of Spring. And to top it off, numerous Saw-whet Owls have moved into the area. They can be heard calling after dark – the continuous, monotonous “toot, toot, toot” can go on for hours. It’s such a great time of the year! Watch the birds and you will be inspired!

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