This afternoon we had 10 Pine Grosbeaks in the cherry tree out back.
What was especially interesting about the group is that there were
4 mature males, 5 juvenile males, and 1 lone female.
I couldn't help wondering if she might be the one we released 8 days ago.
Has anyone else noticed all males together?
My wildlife biologist son says some species do flock up by gender at times,
but wasn't sure whether Pine Grosbeaks typically do that.
The mature males are reddish on their breasts as well as backs and heads,
whereas the juveniles look quite a bit like the females in colouring,
except you'll notice reddish heads. Slowly they become more red.
The females have a mustardy yellow head (and above the tail), by contrast.