Last year for the first time in our thirty years of living here, we had a small flock of Evening Grosbeaks spend the winter with us.
Well, this year we have only one. And it appears he thinks he's actually a pine grosbeak. I say this because when our daily major flock of Pine Grosbeaks arrive, he's usually with them.
Now, that seemed strange until I got on the internet and educated myself on Evening Grosbeaks, then Grosbeaks in general.
There are five species of Grosbeaks: Black Headed, Blue, Rose Breasted, Pine and Evening.
The strange thing is Black Headed, Blue and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks are from the Cardinal family. While Pine and Evening Grosbeaks are from the Finch family.
So I guess it would make sense the lone Evening Grosbeak has alined himself with our Pine Grosbeak flock.
In the next couple of weeks, we should start noticing Black, Gray-crowned and Hepburn Rosey Finches start appearing with the Pine Grosbeaks. Eventually their numbers will build until they have a flock of their own. Even numbering a hundered or more.
Then some time in April, the Gray-crowned and Hepburns will disappear to migrate to summer nesting territories. The Black Rosey Finches will continue to visit our cabin until the Beartooths open up for nesting in June.