The winter season has not been a friendly one for photography. Cloudy skies on the weekends and cold temperatures just seem normal this winter. We have not had much for a variety of birds coming to our feeders. Namely Black-capped Chickadees. Don't get me wrong, I love having the Chickadees around, but I am pretty sure they are tired of having their photos taken. Maybe a part of the problem is the Northern Shrike that has been hanging around. We have seen this juvenile Shrike several times now but I haven't captured any great images yet. Today was a wonderful day with the sun shining and the temps in the 20's and we spotted a couple of Pine Grosbeaks picking grit off of the road near our house. Things are suddenly looking up.
Eats fruits by biting through and discarding the pulp and crushing the seed. Insects caught by clumsy flycatching. Eats sunflower seeds at feeders in parts of range (rarely comes to feeders in other parts of range).Found in flocks in winter; strongly territorial in breeding season. Distinctive call note often given in flight.