ABA Bird o’ the Year
It’s the Evening Grosbeak! A bird I have seen exactly once, almost 17 year ago. It was a female visiting our feeder in southern Missouri. I happened to glance out the window and see it munching on the sunflower feeds in the backyard. It took off to never return and I’ve never seen another one. Man, is it cool though.
Not only is the Evening Grosbeak flashy and gregarious, but it’s also a shout out to our ABA friends on the west coast and in the far north, where these birds are far more likely to be seen. I recognize my own east coast bias in my work for the ABA, and it’s always nice to throw our other friends a bone once in a while. I certainly wish I lived in an area where Evening Grosbeaks are likely to occur. They’re pretty few and far between down this way, and we’re worse for it.
ABA members will see the new stickers in their next issue of Birding magazine, on its way to your mailbox as we speak. Stick ’em on your bins, your scope, your computer, your cell phone, etcetera etcetera. Show your ABA and birder pride, and be sure to keep an eye out on that ABA blog for more information.