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submitted Jan 11, 2013
Check your bird feeders!
During this past week, a flock of six Pine Grosbeaks was eating berries in the crab apple tree outside my unit.
The species is one of the largest-sized finches, normally a boreal-forest bird that moves south into New England, unpredictably, during certain winters. In the winter plumage, both genders look just like immature birds and females do in the summer. The male summer plumage is far more colorful.
The crab apples are inedible in the summer, but a freezing and thawing conversion process fills the berries with sugars that provide nourishment and energy to the birds. They make a mess, but it keeps 'em alive.
See attached pictures from the web.
Birds at Chapman Place