The evening grosbeak
and the American goldfinch would likely visit the bird feeder because they both eat seeds.
All 20 birds on the national Common Birds in Decline list--species like the evening grosbeak
and eastern meadowlark--lost at least half their populations in the last four decades.
From the Hooded Merganser; the White-Faced Ibis; the Whooping Crane; and the Acadian Flycatcher; to the Blue-Winged Warbler; the Yellow-Breasted Chat; the Snow Bunting; and the Evening Grosbeak
, "Fifty Uncommon Birds Of The Upper Midwest" is an engaging and superbly presented compendium that is as much fun to browse through as it is educationally informative.
UNLESS you've had an evening grosbeak
lock its massive mandibles on your index finger and not let go, you have no idea of the strength in the jaws of this boldly dressed songbird whose genus name translates as "kernel-cracker." The first time it happened to me, I wasn't wearing gloves.
to find junco and titmouse and nuthatch and cardinal and a new bird feeding above the devastation, the evening grosbeak
, like the storm, just passing through.
Specifically, of the 15 species associated with late-seral forest considered in this study, (see Results: Bird-habitat relationships), 3 (Winter Wren, Varied Thrush, and Chestnut-backed Chickadee; see Table 1 for scientific names) had sufficient ([is greater than] 30) detections in each landscape to compute a separate effective detection distance for each landscape and 3 (Evening Grosbeak
, Brown Creeper, and Hammond's Flycatcher) required that we pool the detections across replicate landscapes in each landscape structural category (Fig.
The officers found a variety of illegal items for sale, including: fur coats, hats and accessories made from jaguar, leopard and ocelot, costing as much as $7,000 apiece; 32 items made from ivory at up to $2,000 each; and a large glass-encased diorama of mounted songbirds including several hummingbird species, cedar waxwing, scarlet tanager, evening grosbeak
and many other species for $2,450.
These birds have earned the unfortunate distinction of a spot on Audubon's list: American Bittern, Black-throated Sparrow, Boreal Chickadee, Common Grackle, Common Tern, Eastern Meadowlark, Evening Grosbeak
, Field Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Greater Scaup, Horned Lark, Lark Sparrow, Little Blue Heron, Loggerhead Shrike, Northern Bobwhite, Northern Pintail, Ruffed Grouse, Rufous Hummingbird, Snow Bunting and Whip-poor-will.
The fate of the Evening Grosbeak
is one bird that scientists are trying to understand.
But ''good'' birds included 4 white-winged crossbills, 2 red crossbills, an evening grosbeak
, a fox sparrow, 8 winter wrens, a merlin, 7 pileated woodpeckers, 2 saw-whet owls and 2 red-shouldered hawks.
The winter finch roster also includes the pine siskin, purple finch, evening grosbeak
, pine grosbeak, common redpoll and hoary redpoll -- all members of the finch family.
Audubon Christmas Bird Count data show a precipitous decline in the evening grosbeak
as a winter visitor in New York since the mid to late 1980s.