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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Evening Grosbeaks visit my backyard

A flash of yellow and black with a pale blue bill, the male Evening Grosbeak is always welcome in my backyard.  What a wonderful birds as they chirp in the trees above my blind.  Soon he lands on a branch and appears to be wondering what a big black eye is peering at him.


It is amazing to me that their eyes do not move, so they have to turn their head sideways to look at you.  Soon the male is joined by four females.  Not as colorful, but still a beauty.



The male and one female joins Cassin's finch and House finch females at the table.


The male leaves the feeder and four females, two on each side start fighting over the sunflower seeds.  One gets knocked off the feeder by the agressive one.


In the meantime, Mr. Evening watches the show and knows soon instead of fighting for food, they will be fighting over him.  Hopefully these will be some that nest in Island Park, just a few miles north of Rexburg.


Until they leave, I will enjoy the shows and the colors in my backyard.

21 comments:

Birding is Fun! said...

Awesome! I love those Evening Grosbeaks and want them at my feeder too!

texwisgirl said...

they're just gorgeous birds. great captures.

Fjällripan said...

Beautiful birds! We dont have them here. Have a nice day!

mick said...

Beautiful birds and very interesting description of their fighting over the food.

eileeninmd said...

I just love these birds, your photos are beautiful. I wish I had some in my yard. Can you send some to Maryland.

Carol Blackburn said...

What a wonderful post, Bill. Love the photos and your commentary. Hope things are good in your neck of the woods.

Sharon M said...

Great post! I love a good bird fight at the feeder. The evening grosbeaks are beautiful. I don't think we have them where I am.

holdingmoments said...

Beautiful captures Bill. They are a lovely bird.

joo said...

I love these birds, but what really impressed me this time is this cute house:)

Springman said...

Evening grosbeaks are so cool looking. Who else in the song bird world has a green beak?! Excellent captures!

BirdingMaine said...

Fabulous captures of the Evening Grosbeaks Bill!

Bob Bushell said...

Lovely birds, and a great setting for them.

Marias Teater said...

I do not know this little beauty - but I am very facinated of colours. They are so nice and your pictures are excellent!

Inger-M said...

Unknown to me too, but the color is so vivid and beautiful! And I LOVE your feeder! Great captures :-)

Sondra said...

OH these shots are awesome!!! I dont get to see these fellows till I head west!

Carletta said...

Beautiful bird!
What a great capture of the 'chick fight'. :)
Always a treat to visit here.
Hope you're having a great week.

Kathiesbirds said...

Oh! I used to live in Arco and Moore but have been through Rexburg several times years ago! Wonderful birds! Wonderful blog!

Lana Gramlich said...

Lovely grosbeaks! I don't tend to see that kind here, but who knows...maybe someday!

Stephanie said...

Bishop!!! How did I not know about your wonderful blogs? I'm so happy to have found them. I also seem to be catching the birding fever. My dad has been a birder his whole life and it's starting to rub off on me. On my bird feeder I have lots of Lazuli Bunting, which are so beautiful. I'm looking forward to following your blogs. Tell Brenda hello for me!

Stephanie Christensen

Mike B. @ slugyard.com said...

Great shots! Man I want these birds to visit my yard.

Jeanne Klaver said...

Love the story with these beauties. Great capture...in motion...!