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  1. Boreas says

    An important note – especially with Pine Grosbeak and Crossbill irruptions – be careful when approaching bird flocks “gritting” on the roadway. They are not accustomed to fast-approaching cars and are easy to run over if you don’t give them a “brake”. Some people give them a toot on the horn to warn them, but this is not always reliable. They have virtually no “road sense”, so approach slowly when it is safe to do so.

  2. Cindy says

    I have had several flocks of Pine Grosbeaks in Piseco, but they are feeding on seeds on deciduous trees (ash?), or gritting in the road, and flush very easily. Unfortunately we don’t seem to have a single crab apple tree in this part of Hamilton County, lol! They also have not showed up at feeders (yet). Such a great bird!

    • Boreas says


      In my area, many crabapples and dogwoods did not flower or produce fruit this year because of a frost or something. These trees also have THEIR cycles. I hope the grosbeaks can find sufficient food on their winter vacation!

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