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Where are the Evening Grosbeaks?

 
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Feb 03, 2018 13:54 |  #1

I can't remember when the last time was I saw an Evening Grosbeak. It must be 20 years, at least, here in Central PA.
Anybody have a sighting in the North East lately?




  
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Feb 03, 2018 16:55 |  #2

Evening grosbeak is an irruptive species leaving the north in winter when food supplies dwindle, but the eastern population has been falling for decades. I haven't seen one in over fifteen years now here in western Ohio. A number of factors are being looked at as to causing the population drop. One thing to think about is that they were never common in the east until the early/mid 1900's, and then their numbers started coming down in the 70's-90's. I can remember seeing them in the 80's growing up in winter at my parents bird feeders.


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Feb 03, 2018 17:21 |  #3

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We get them here in my area each year. . They are here for a few days each spring - many of them - then they leave, not to be seen again until the following spring. . That's just how Evening Grosbeaks are.


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Feb 07, 2018 14:17 as a reply to  @ Tom Reichner's post |  #4

They used to come every year, 25 years ago. They would hog a lot of sunflowers seeds at one sitting. I noticed one with a right eye missing, so I snuck up on it's blind side and picked it up. Big mistake. They don't call them grosbeaks for nothing. That danged thing turned it's head around and grabbed the skin between my thumb and first finger. Oww, I couldn't shake that thing off fast enough.




  
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Mar 15, 2018 19:13 |  #5

Nov 2016 I had a few groups of them but they were short lived. (pic below ). 2015 we had a few more I think.. 2012 -13 we had very large groups of a few hundred in the tree's with 20 or so hiting the feeder at the same time


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Mar 15, 2018 19:15 |  #6

I haven't seen a Pine Grosbeak since 2013 or 14 I think


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