birds of winter

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© Heather Mellon
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I don't usually see this many male pine grosbeaks together. They tend to flock together separately from the females and juveniles. This really was a rare sighting of so many males together and since they are very flighty birds it wasn't hard to get a few wing shots. They sing constantly from the tree tops, a sweet complex melody that you quickly learn to recognize. They are quite tame once they become familiar with a person but unfortunately we only see them in winter.

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  • jennifer jolliffe

    jennifer jolliffe gave props (6 Dec 2012):


  • Leslie Eagle

    Leslie Eagle gave props (6 Dec 2012):

    Very nice!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (7 Dec 2012):

    What a beautiful capture, JanElle!

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    Nice capture. Beautiful birds.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    Outstanding capture! I love how you managed to catch so many of them with their wings spread!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    Oh I am so excited for you Heather!!! Words can't express how beautiful this is....Their colors against the white snow is stunning!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    They are just gorgeous birds and a GREAT capture! I love it when i see photos of birds that i don't have here at home. Lovely.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    a simply masterful capture--such boldness

  • je suis moi

    je suis moi gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    What a wonderful sight. Wow.............

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (7 Dec 2012):

    wow I love this capture have never seen these birds and they are fantastic !!!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (8 Dec 2012):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (8 Dec 2012):

    Fantastic capture of these gorgeous birds! I have never seen these, but then they probably do not like our climate.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    excellent! i've never seen this bird before.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (9 Dec 2012):

    A beauty, colors are amazing.

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (11 Dec 2012):

    so beautiful!!

  • Robert R. Gaines

    Robert R. Gaines gave props (20 Dec 2012):

    How nice. Great shot.

  • Tomma Henckel

    Tomma Henckel gave props (1 Jan 2013):

    Such a lively exciting picture!

  • Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s

    Ma. Dolores Guillén Solí­s gave props (8 Jan 2013):

    Amazing image, JanElle! Great capture...


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (8 Jan 2013):

    Beautiful image!

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