Good morning and Happy Sunday everyone! It’s another beautiful morning today! The birds are busy this morning once again. There were over 30 evening grosbeaks yesterday and 12 pine grosbeaks. So the numbers are getting better all the time, especially with the pine grosbeaks. And I notice they tend to each pick their own feeder, the two grosbeaks do not usually like to eat together. Although that is mostly because the evening grosbeaks, although smaller, are more aggressive with defending their feeder from other birds. Pine grosbeaks are a more calm type bird that prefer getting along with other birds.
They will allow the little redpolls to eat along with them, but the evening grosbeaks will not. Interesting how 2 grosbeak species can be so different. But it is the same way with the gray jays and blue jays too. Blue jays are more aggressive and gray jays definitely are not. But it is fun watching the little redpolls running around between the pine grosbeaks, they look like a bunch of baby grosbeaks among the adults! I have even seen the pine grosbeaks bend down and break up an argument between 2 redpolls, though they do not try to chase them away, just stop the argument.
I was standing outside for a while yesterday afternoon watching all the action and I happened to be right beside the feeder the pine grosbeaks usually use. But since the evening grosbeaks were not around right then, the they were on their feeder instead. While I watched a female came down on the feeder right beside me, a little nervous at first, but then she started eating and others came down to join her, paying no attention to me standing right next to them. It was real nice.
Of course I did not have my camera with me since I had originally planned on putting seeds out and coming right back in. That’s okay however, it is good to sometimes just stand around and let the birds get used to having me there before I start clicking with the camera. Time for more coffee, thank you for stopping by, have a beautiful Sunday and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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