Milestone Lifers #399 Evening Grosbeak & #400 Pine Grosbeak



All this time, I've never actually seen an Evening Grosbeak and a Pine Grosbeak. Part of the finch family, these guys are usually come in flocks to your bird feeder. I also never thought that I would get my 400th bird so early in the year!


Some downer stats from TheCornell Lab:

Evening Grosbeaks are numerous and widespread, but populations dropped steeply between 1966 and 2015, according to the North American Breeding Bird Survey—particularly in the East where numbers declined by 97% during that time.
Recent declines may be due to logging and other development in the boreal forests of northern North America; to disease outbreaks such as salmonella, West Nile virus, and House Finch eye disease; or to reduced numbers of spruce budworm and other forest insects, in part due to aerial spraying by the U.S. and Canada. As climate change alters the landscape over the next century, balsam fir is expected to recede from New England, and Evening Grosbeaks may disappear from this region.

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Evening_Grosbeak/lifehistory


If you want to see them, just head out to the Algonquin Park Visitor Centre (East Gate), there's a feeder in the back the viewing platform where you can see them from below. It makes for really good photography angles.


Here are some of my photos taken Feb 2022.