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ABA Bird o’ the Year

March 21, 2012

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.

  1. March 21, 2012 7:29 am

    Thanks for sharing this Nate! This may just be a big year for seeing Evening Grosbeaks. Stand by for some interesting prognosticating from the experts.

  2. Karolyn permalink
    July 7, 2012 7:02 pm

    Hi Nate. I came accross your web site today .I was doing some research on birding. I live in Nova Scotia and moved to the country 4 years ago from Halifax. MY first Sighting of an Evening Grousebeak was 5 years ago. Oh I was so thrilled. I did not know they existed here. Come to find out, we are very fortunate here . They of course are woodland birds and prefer to stay out of the Cities. I have been photographing them for a while now. And learning as much as I can about them. They are timid birds but now that they have been nesting here in our backyard it seems each set of new “yearlings” are getting more comfortable with me. I never attempt to hand feed them though I can walk by the feeder without them leaving. My black lab Raven, loves to watch them as well. The 3 nesting pairs have produced two little ones this year. I have only seen pairs having one each. They love the cherry pits that are abundant naturally in this area. Oh it’s so fun to watch them. Unfortunately one of the mamma’s flew into our large window last week and died. (I do have all sorts of window stickers and such on the windows to divert all the birds but sometimes it happens. It broke my heart. The good thing is the male continues to feed the little one. How cool is that! I would love to send you a photo I have taken. How can I do that? Karolyn


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