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  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


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October 28, 2007


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Traci and Chris, you are so lucky! Thanks for the reports from Michigan and British Columbia!

Chris Edwardson

Appreciate the article! My wife and I live in Tsawwassen BC and watched a male and female Grosbeak's at our feeder last night. Have not seen one for several years... Great to see them again!

Traci Morrison

Seen our first one today in Michigan. We had to look it up to figure out what we were seeing! Beautiful!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Christine, you're so lucky to have them breeding nearby. Thanks for the report from Seattle.

christine miller

We have a pair of evening grossbeaks nesting at the end of May in woodlands below Seattle airport. They've been here for several years and are truly beautiful.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Marie, great report from Larkspur CO. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

Marie Adamson

With some help, I finally identified the Evening Grosbeak's in my yard. So pretty. I don't put out seed in the Summer because we have bears but they bathe every morning in my bird bath! The hummingbirds love to fly through all the water splashing made by the energetic Grosbeaks! I'm in Larkspur Colorado in a very forested area on a golf course :)

The Zen Birdfeeder

NG - Good news and congratulations on the grosbeak family! Thanks for the update from lucky Hope BC!


Hello everyone, the Grosbeaks are back after they were MIA for a few months. I ran out of seed for them and could'nt get any for a week and they gave up on me I guess. Well, they are back, with their babies. I have lots of seed and the feeders are full. The babies are so cute, and fluffy plumage. We have about 20 or so birds making regular visits this week. Im so glad they are back in Hope, British Columbia Canada.


Having lived in the Lanaudiere area of Quebec for the last 50 years I have always wondered why the
number of Grosbeaks have disappeared from my bird feeders for the last 20 years. I have not seen a single Grosbeak since those years when we had incredible numbers here. I blame the various Provincial
Governments for this catastrophe. The politician’s unholy alliance with the forestry and mining industries has been well documented. Unless this situation changes, wildlife of all kinds will continue to be decimated.

The Zen Birdfeeder

NG, if you're trying to make us all jealous with reports of 60 Evening Grosbeaks, you're succeeding! We in the east are jealous of your bounty. Thanks for the report and for taking care of those grosbeaks!


Well, the Grosbeaks are still hanging around our place in Hope, British Columbia, Canada. We are going through a 18kg bag(40 lbs) of seeds a week now. We even went out and bought four more bird feeders, bringing them to a total of seven feeders now, as they get aggressive towards one another when they get too crowded. It is now Bear season up here, so we have to be careful not to make it the local dining spot for the Bears. Anyhow, at the last count of Grosbeaks, I counted 33 Males and 27 Females. Its now become a Saturday ritual to go and buy bird seed for the week, but well worth the enjoyment they bring us. Have a great day everyone.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Great report NG. Thanks again!


Well, I guess I spoke too soon in my earlier comments, I guess word got out and my feeders were swinging and twirling with about twenty or so Gross Beaks this afternoon, pretty much an even amount of males and females. They shared the feeders with the smaller birds, but when a singular tri-coloured blackbird showed up for some seed, they left for about a half hour before returning. It was a real joy to see and hear the Gross Beaks again. Hope, British Columbia

The Zen Birdfeeder

NG - welcome back and thanks for the updated report from British Columbia. Populations in the west seem to be pretty strong so keep your feeders filled! Thanks again for your return visit to our blog!


Hello everyone, I saw two grossbeaks at our feeders yesterday, a male and a female. Im hoping more will return like we had a few years ago. Keeping the feeders full just in case. This is in Hope, British Columbia.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Enzo, thanks for the Evening Grosbeak report. There are many folks that would LOVE to see 20 of these gorgeous birds, even this year when they are being seen more widely than they have in many years. Thanks for stopping by!

Enzo Londero

Greetings from Canada. I live in a forest about an hour from the capital and the number of grosbeaks here is spectacular. Since they have discovered my feeders I get them at least 20 at a time. Very bright in color and quite large ones as well.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Rachel, I've had many reports from western Canada so it's nice to hear from eastern Canada. Thanks for posting your news and keep us posted okay?


I stumbled upon your blog today when I was trying to ID what I now know to be 3 evening grosbeaks earlier today! I live in Nova Scotia, and had never seen them before. I operate a bird cam ( and was so happy to not only see them for myself, but to be able to broadcast them to the world! I do hope they return again for us to see!

The Zen Birdfeeder

Kathiesbirds - thanks for the Evening Grosbeak report in Utah. I think it's gonna be a good season for grosbeaks!


Nancy, my friend in the Wasatch Mountains of Utah had a small flock show up at her feeders earleir this week. I think she had a bout 8 of them.

The Zen Birdfeeder

Mae, thanks for reporting on your Evening Grosbeak near Detroit. Even though you're not seeing them now, keep watching since their expected to be in the midwest and northeast this winter. Keep us posted, okay?


Hello. We've lived in this area(about 40 miles N. of Detroit,MI)for about 15 years and only on 1 or 2 occasions have we've seen Evening Grosbeaks. Today noticed a flock of 10 or so at our feeder, unfortunately they were only here for a short while. Such a beautiful variety of birds this year, unlike anything we've seen in the past(Orioles, Titmouse, Nuthatches...).

Nancy Castillo

Cheryl, in the east at least, the huge populations of the past were when spruce budworm were widely and available and numerous. They have been controlled, and since, the number of Evening Grosbeaks at least in the east have greatly declined. I'm sure there are other contributing factors but this is one big reason.

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