2021—Evening Grosbeak in the Morning

According to the Audubon Society, Evening Grosbeaks were mistakenly thought to sing only at dusk when they were first discovered in North America in the early 1800s so that misinformation gave them their common name. Despite this misnomer, Evening Grosbeaks can be seen and heard in the morning and the afternoon, not just in the evening. Their enormous, thick bills distinguish them from other finches and even from some other grosbeaks like the Pine Grosbeak. Taken on our last morning in Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota, this female Evening Grosbeak seems to be staring directly into my lens.