Montana Outdoors

April 13, 2008

At the water cooler

Filed under: Birds, Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures — Tags: — montucky @ 7:53 pm

Evening Grosbeaks

Evening Grosbeaks



  1. Oh what a beauty! Well, one thing I’m sure is that they’re not arguing over religion! LOL! 😀 Great, gorgeous capture…


    Comment by Sumedh — April 13, 2008 @ 11:37 pm

  2. Or is it a date? My mom has seen the cardinals feeding each other… so romantic!


    Comment by winterwoman — April 14, 2008 @ 5:23 am

  3. It is a photo like this that makes me want to hop a plane – anywhere – for a few shots of something DIFFERENT! These are great.


    Comment by Bo — April 14, 2008 @ 7:31 am

  4. Sumedh,

    No, they probably aren’t arguing about religion. I’m surprised, with several different species feeding together that there is hardly any friction at all between them. Maybe they don’t have any political parties!


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 8:07 am

  5. Winterwoman,

    It probably is a date at that. This is obviously a pair, and in fact the only Grosbeaks I’ve seen. I wasn’t able to watch them long enough to notice if they were feeding each other or not. They’re pretty shy!


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 8:10 am

  6. Bo,

    This is the time of year for variety here all right. I was trying to get close to the first little butterfly I’ve seen this spring and it led me out toward the woodpile where these two showed up for some sunflower seeds. It’s probably not possible to intentionally get a shot at a pair together, at least around here.


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 8:14 am

  7. Looks like Abbott & Costello of the bird world. I’m waiting for the one on the left to slap the short chubby one.


    Comment by Pinhole — April 14, 2008 @ 11:14 am

  8. Probably talking about the photographer.



    Comment by knightofswords — April 14, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  9. These guys (and gal) are very shy that’s no understatment what great shots. I think the idea of feeding them on an old log is a great idea. This is a beautiful shot of the grosbeaks – it’s nice to see they are visiting your backyard!


    Comment by aullori — April 14, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  10. Malcolm,

    Yeah, laughing at him most likely!


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 3:03 pm

  11. Lori,

    Yes they’re shy all right. This was the first time I’ve even been close to them. The food on the old chopping block first started for the Chickadees, then became popular with all the others. They seem to ignore a normal feeder, but love the sunflower seeds just spread around. Also, I think different elevations gives everybody a better chance.


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 3:07 pm

  12. Pinhole,

    I see what you mean, especially in the second photo.


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  13. I do so wish I could photograph birds. I have never seen a grosbeak. This is my opportunity to see them through you eyes…(or your camera’s lens). Amazing that you can get such clarity.


    Comment by nouveaufauves — April 14, 2008 @ 7:21 pm

  14. A visit by a grosbeak is a rare treat here, and these presented a great opportunity. I felt honored!


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  15. They sure do love sunflower seeds, don’t they? When we buy mixed seeds for our feeders, we notice that the sunflower seeds are picked out first. They seem to eat the other seeds in the mix only after the sunflower seeds are all gone.


    Comment by Bobbie — April 14, 2008 @ 8:08 pm

  16. Bobbie, I’ve found that all of the birds here prefer the sunflower seeds. I’ve have the same experience you have with mixes, and when I load a normal feeder with the small seeds it gets ignored most of the time. The chipmunks also like the sunflower seeds and end up planting them all over too. Last summer we had about a dozen sunflowers growing in some unusual places!


    Comment by montucky — April 14, 2008 @ 8:40 pm

  17. Beautiful!


    Comment by katkmeanders — April 15, 2008 @ 8:47 am

  18. Thanks, Katkmeander! That male adds a splash of color to the woods, doesn’t he?


    Comment by montucky — April 15, 2008 @ 9:00 am

  19. Great photos of two beautiful birds. I’ve yet to meet a grosbeak that I didn’t immediately love. Such pretty birds, with such pretty songs! Well captured!


    Comment by Adam R. Paul — April 15, 2008 @ 10:53 am

  20. Yes, they are really pretty. This is the first time I’ve been close to one, usually just catching a glimpse. They’re not very common here.


    Comment by montucky — April 15, 2008 @ 6:20 pm

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