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Sunday, November 6, 2016

Watch for an invasion of Evening Grosbeaks this winter

Photo via Wikimedia Commons
Evening Grosbeaks are an irruptive species, meaning their migration is irregular, linked to the availability of food in Canada. They may be come down looking for food one year and nearly nonexistent the next.

When the snows begin to fly Evening Grosbeaks may descend unannounced on the backyard bird feeders in large winter flocks. They like the same foods as our Northern Cardinals - sunflower, peanuts or safflower. 

These large and black birds were once only thought to sing at night so were given the name Evening and they have a large beak or in French, gros bec.

Related Articles:
Fun Facts About Evening Grosbeaks http://goo.gl/JCzRq5
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Birdwatching: Look for the Out-of-Towners http://bit.ly/q6Pkco
10 Winter Finches in Michigan http://goo.gl/C9WUqx
Where do you place finch feeders? http://bit.ly/p4XHU4

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