Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Evening Grosbeak still hanging around

Went to visit Hartwick Pines State Park in Grayling, MI this past weekend and was pleasantly surprised to see the Evening Grosbreak still hanging around.



Hartwick contains the largest stand of virgin white pines remaining in the lower peninsula in lower Michigan.

20 comments:

Jessica said...

Wow... I've NEVER seen an Evening Grosbeak! I'd be pretty excited if I did. Maybe someday.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

That's a pretty bird,and the trees look lovely as well.

Leedra said...

Love the pines, and the Grosbeak! Still waiting to see one of my own.

Eve said...

That pine grove is amazing! The Evening Grosbeak is the bird I remember most from my childhood. I was sitting with my fathers heavy binoculars in the woods and there is was! I knew what it was when I saw it and was thrilled to see it. (I was a self-taught birder of about 8 years old).

Jayne said...

Oh, he's so beautiful Shelley! I've never seen one. Great photo. :c)

HANNIBAL said...

What a handsome bird! I've heard of them, and I know they are around, but I've never seen one. Great find!

Your shot of the white pines is awesome!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: That's a new one to me. I never saw that bird before. It is a great looking bird.

Tina said...

What a pretty bird! I've never seen one before and getting his picture while he is standing on those mountain rocks really helped to focus on his beautiful colorings. Great stuff, Shelly!

Leedra said...

When you come for a visit (as I am sure you will, you are a faithful friend) you can retrieve the award I have given you.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Shelley, Like so many of the others, I've never seen this bird before. He's gorgeous!!! And what great pictures. Thanks!

NCmountainwoman said...

Great shot of this lovely bird. He needs to get going.

Shellmo said...

Jessica - they are so beautiful!

Ruth - thank you!

Leedra - I hope you get some soon!

Eve - what a wonderful childhook memory!!

Jayne - thank you!

Hannibal - glad you like it!

Fishing guy - only 2nd time I've seen one!

Tina - thanks! He was moving around a lot so this was the best photo out of 12.

Betsy - many thanks!

NC - that's what the park staff said - they usually aren't in northern michigan still at this time of year.

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

How special to spot the Evening Grosbeak!!! I have only see them in the spring at the feeder.

Great pics, Shell, and I have never seen the Hartwick Pines State Park before. It's AWESOME with the virgin white pines.

Hugs, JJ

jalynn01 said...

Your Evening Grosbeak picture is just beautiful. I've only seen this bird once here at my feeders. I see your chickadee just loves your husband. How cool to get those pictures. Next time hand him the camera!!! and you hold out your hand..

RuthieJ said...

Evening Grosbeaks are so neat. I'm glad you got to see this handsome bird and hopefully some will find their way to your feeding station this winter.

Mary C said...

That is such a striking bird. Great job capturing it, Shelley! I haven't yet seen one around here, but according to my field guide it winters around here. So I guess I'll need to keep my eyes peeled for this one. I was really excited when I found a family of black-headed grosbeaks visiting my feeder earlier this year (around September).

Rambling Woods said...

Oh wow..I've never even seen one.

hillgrandmom said...

What a lovely looking bird!

Bird Girl said...

How in the world did I miss this post? The last time I saw an evening grosbeak was in the 1970s! Just great pictures, Shelley!

Dark Love said...

That picture of the white pines is phenomenal! I absolutely love the serenity of it. I bet it would also look magnificent in the dead of winter if there's snow.