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This is a first year male pine grosbeak. The image ran on the front page of this week's paper.
When this guy is mature, he will have a red "cape" and belly.
They usually aren't seen because they live in the dense pine forests of the Northwoods and up into Canada. They only come out into the urban areas in the winter when food is scarce in their habitat.
There was a whole flock of them in this berry tree in our front yard. I just stood on my front porch with my 135-400mm cranked all the way to 400mm to get this shot.
Then I spent two days finding someone to identify the species. I eventually emailed it to the local DNR warden who emailed it to a biologist in Madison who pegged him for me.
Our tax dollars at work for GOOD for once.
Great shot, he looks to be a cute little thing. Glad of the berries in this cold winter weather.
We have a Cross bill that lives here, its habitat in the main is the pine forests in the highland of Scotland.
Once again thank you fro sharing your photos with us
Best Regards the Bear
Good shot, but the image seems a bit noisy; Is that from the jpg compression?
I love how the leaves compliments the birds colouring.
A great shot, and good spotting, although these birds are rarely seen in suburbia, I wonder how many of us would appreciate the fact that we are seeing something unusual and take the time to photograph it and identify it! Well done Jamie!