Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Evening Grosbeak

This month I have been hearing, but not seeing, a few Evening Grosbeaks from within our back forest. Although strikingly apparent most of the year, these grosbeaks become hard to see during breeding season. They build flmsy nests high in trees. The species, therefore has been little studied and comparatively little is known about its life history (Gillihan and Byers 2020). On 9 May 2020 I banded this male (which is about to bite a chunk out of the bander’s hand). My only previous Olympia record was at our feeder on 6 June 2019, when a pair escaped from my net.

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