Last evening and again this morning we had a family of EVENING GROSBEAKS
stop by. The first at our sunflower feeder was a male. It flew away with a
seed but soon returned to shuck and consume a few seeds before flying off
again with a seed. It repeated this procedure several times. I finally found
a youngster sitting on a limb of our maple tree that was the recipient of
the seed. In scanning the tree I found the female and another youngster.
Soon the male and female and one of the young were at the feeder. The
fledgling was fluttering its wings and being fed by the male. The female
never offered to help, but flew away a couple of times to the maple tree,
evidently to take care of the other young one. They are still hanging
around, but so far only one juvenile at a time appears with the parent birds
at the feeder. This is the first time in the 26 years we have lived here
that we have had Evening Grosbeaks with young at this time of the year. So
now we have 4 Evening and 9 Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.
W. Brattleboro, VT