As always when I am in the car, while Daisy and I drove to my folks’ house in Saugerties, NY, to join family for the Christmas holiday, I paid careful attention to any and all bird life I could see. I did not, however, expect to have yet another encounter with what is now by far my favorite winter finch, Pine Grosbeaks. I don’t know if regular readers of this blog are sick of hearing about and seeing pictures of them yet or not: frankly, my dear reader, I don’t give a hoot. I love Pine Grosbeaks! And other than spending time with loved ones I can’t think of a better Christmas present than Pine Grosbeaks hanging out within a one-minute walk of my parents’ house.

So of course, once Daisy and I arrived I excitedly told my parents what we had seen and we walked up the street to see the birds. My father was a bit upset that they chose the crabapples over his feeders (but the bird seed, suet, and new finch feeder he got under the tree mollified him somewhat). We all enjoyed the flock of fourteen winter finches, all but one of them female-types, but that one was a gorgeous male.

female Pine Grosbeak on the road for grit

male Pine Grosbeak feeding

female Pine Grosbeaks

the same male Pine Grosbeak still feeding

Talk about a Merry Christmas! I hope your holiday was as bird-filled as mine!

Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy and Desmond Shearwater. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.