2021—Pine Grosbeak in the Snow

According to The Cornell Lab’s “All About Birds,” Pine Grosbeaks live in northern climes, mostly in Canada. They will come to sunflower seed feeders in winter in the northern states which is where I saw them last week in Sax-Zim Bog in Minnesota. These birds are large finches that make most of the other birds at the feeders look tiny. When the feeders are empty or there are too many other birds, the Pine Grosbeaks will forage underneath for precious sunflower kernels pushed out of the feeders above them. Here a pair (these birds mate for life), the grayish female in the background, search the snow bank for edible sunflower seeds. The brilliant red male stands out from the white background.