About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, January 29, 2016

Photo Share: Evening Grosbeak

Photo by Simon Pierre Barrette
Evening grosbeaks are social birds, often found in flocks, particularly in winter when they feed on seeds, berries, and buds of trees and shrubs. When their population is high or the seed food crop is low in Canada, they become “irruptive” winter migrants, making erratic movements far south of their normal winter range into the continental United States including northern Michigan.

You might hear their running patter of call notes before you see them. They are a songbird without a song, having no complex sounds to attract a mate or defend their territory. Just a small repertoire of simple calls, including sweet, piercing notes and burry chirps, is emitted.
  
Related Articles:
Fun Facts About Evening Grosbeaks http://goo.gl/JCzRq5  

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10 Winter Finches in Michigan http://goo.gl/C9WUqx
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