Pine Grosbeaks are another visitor from the far North. They breed around the world, usually further south than the redpolls in the last post. On the other hand, they usually do not irrupt as far south when they are found in the northern United States. Last December I photographed this species in Rice County, which is well south of their normal range. Sedentary Pine Grosbeaks also breed through much of the Rocky Mountains.
This female Pine Grosbeak fed at the feeders at the new Sax-Zim Welcome Center on 3 January 2016. The bog lies about 35 miles northeast of Duluth, Minnesota.