In a flock of a half dozen.
From past files . A pair at Cull Canyon , a rare bird in Alameda County . These birds were along Cull Creek , probably eating Box Elder( Acer negundo) fruit when I found the pair . They called a few times , which is how I found them . I took a few bad photos and they were gone .
I arrived at a friend's ranch off of Hamilton Pool Road in western Travis Co., Texas at 11 AM this morning. I was there to pick him up and we were going into the town of Bee Cave to meet with another friend for lunch. I knocked on the door and as I stood there at the front door waiting for him to open it, I happened to glance at a sunflower seed feeder about 30 feet away. I was stunned to see a male Evening Grosbeak calmly eating sunflower seeds! This is a very rare bird in Texas, especially in recent years, with only 10 documented records in the state since 2009 and most of them in the far northern or far western portions of the state. When my friend Mike opened the door I excitedly pointed at the bird and told him what it was and then I headed back to my car to get a camera. I was fearful that the bird would depart before I had a chance to get any photos. I grabbed a point and shoot camera and got a few quick shots, but I also had a Tamron 150-600 lens and camera in the car so after a few quick documentary shots, I brought the better lens back to the front door and we stood there for about 10 minutes admiring the bird and taking photos. I was probably able to take 75 or so images to document this rare occurrence. It was dark and overcast and about to rain so I had to use 3200 ISO to get any shutter speed, but the images are decent. I'll post several shots, two of which have a Lesser Goldfinch also in the view and another with a Black-crested Titmouse to lend credence to the location. Those are two species that would not normally be seen with an Evening Grosbeak. The grosbeak flew back up into a Live Oak and vanished from view, and Mike and I headed in to our lunch engagement. Mike's wife kept an eye on the feeder and as of this writing (2:15 PM CST) the bird has not returned. Rain storm conditions are brewing and it was drizzling when we left. If the bird returns and/or establishes regular visits to the feeder we will let local folks know so hopefully others may enjoy this special visitor. The last time I saw an Evening Grosbeak in Texas was 29 years ago in 1986:
which is some indication of the rarity of this bird in the state.
Update 6 PM, 20 March: The bird did not make another visit to the feeder all day. We'll see about tomorrow.
Update 12:30 PM, 21 March. Unfortunately, the bird has been a no-show since this initial observation.
2 evening grosbeaks at my feeder.
El pepitero norteño o picogordo vespertino (Coccothraustes vespertinus), es una especie de aves del orden de los paseriformes y la familia de los fringílidos, de distribución norteamericana. Es una especie parcialmente migratoria, con poblaciones residentes.