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Pine Grosbeak

One of my favourite winter birds, these Pine Grosbeaks are usually sighted atop coniferous trees eating their buds.

 

"The Immature male usually is indistinguishable from immature or adult female until the second year when it molts and grows new reddish feathers. Some young males have some red or orange feathers in the body plumage, which females apparently lack. Females average duller than males (especially on the crown and rump) and have a lighter russet tinge to the head or lighter olive tinge to the breast than males. The color of the head and body is often golden orange or reddish bronze in males, in contrast to golden yellow of the female, and the chin is often buffier or more brown-gray than in the female."

 

- All About Birds (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)

 

Heaven forbid to make an ID error with birders in the audience, suffice to say these are "Pine Grosbeaks" lol!!!

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Taken on February 2, 2012