|Male Evening Grosbeak.|
If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you're aware of the incredible colours associated with our wilderness forest. But some are just over the top, and the Evening Grosbeak takes the prize on that score. The female shown below is an absolute beauty, but the male is nature at her best. Evening is, of course, a misnomer. The name was applied by early settlers who first observed this bird in western Canada in the evening. From western Canada, the mountains to be exact, they spread east until about 1850 they were observed in Toronto. They travel in flocks and one of their main sources of food is the spruce bud worm which is devastating NA soft wood forests on an increasing scale, caused by global warming.
They tend to travel in flocks which like Redpolls show up and then move on. Not only are they a most colourful addition to the forest, although these guys showed up at my feeders, but in summer their beaks change to green reflecting the colour of spruce. I find that incredible also!!
|Close Up Of Green Beak.|
|Colourful Rear View.|
This photo shows the colourful rear view of the male. And certainly with no need to apologize for colourful plumage, here is the female.
As I said alone, she is a splendid example of nature's incredible colour skills.
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