Nov 11 2012
I have never seen an evening grosbeak, but this winter I might get my chance.
For the first time in years, evening grosbeaks are coming south in big numbers because there aren’t enough tree seeds in Canada. Without food at home they’re on the move in a variable migration called an irruption.
Winter irruptions are not uncommon, but evening grosbeaks are. Last winter snowy owls came to western Pennsylvania, pine siskins and white-winged crossbills visited in 2008-2009 and redpolls in 2007-2008. But evening grosbeak sightings have declined over the years.
Happily, on November 5 the grosbeaks arrived at Marcy Cunkelman’s yard in Indiana County (here’s a beautiful male at her feeder), but alas, they were gone by this weekend when I could travel to see them.
So now I wait for news of a reliable *weekend* flock of evening grosbeaks near Pittsburgh.
Will I see my first one this winter? I hope so.
(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)