“Those who dwell, as scientists or laymen, among the
beauties and mysteries of the earth are never
alone or weary of life.”
photos by Betsy Seeton
I got my birding book out to ID these mustard headed birds. It appears they are female Pine Grosbeaks, but I'm not positive.
These were the first birds I saw in the forest between the pond and the cabin today. They were with or near the red headed guys below. This is so much fun. I've never noticed them before. How strange and wonderful to have my eyes opened up... or my mind or whatever it is that is helping me to begin seeing what was always already there. How did I go so long missing out?
I took my 4 year old granddaughter with me and tried teaching her the first principles of my birding style. First, "quiet walking" and, second, whispering instead of talking and total silence (no talking) whenever possible. These are not natural concepts for a child to grasp! But overall, she did well and we didn't butt heads too many times.
Male Pine Grosbeak?
If I'm right, and these are Pine Grosbeaks, they're from the Finch family...
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According to Cornell University it is the largest and rarest of the "winter finches."
This little guy wanted to hang upside down! Hmmm....
Don't know what this one is.... Anyone? I know it's not a clear photo. I'm working on improving...
by Betsy Seeton
One last shot of the female Pine Grosbeak...
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