Waiting for the Pineys

Any day now, the Pine Grosbeaks should be moving back into northern Minnesota for the winter. That is their idea of a southern vacation. Pine Grosbeaks spend most of the season in Canada where they breed, but come October and November, they start to wander south. One of the foods that they favor are the seeds of the Ash tree.

Ash tree laden with seed

Ash tree laden with seed

I watch these trees in particular during the late fall, because that is where it seems the first of the Pine Grosbeaks will stop and eat.

Ash seeds

Ash seeds

Some Ash trees in the area have an exceptional crop of seeds.
 
Here is a video that I took a few years ago of a couple of Pine Grosbeaks munching on the seeds. This video has had an incredible 27,203 views – the most of any of my videos – interesting.
 
 

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