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These pretty little Pine Grosbeaks are very flighty when it comes to getting their picture. Catch them at the seeds, and you could be lucky as I was today. Photo taken in my yard with my new Canon 50D and Sigma Zoom 150-500 Zoom lens. Seen on the 1986 Series $1000 Canadian dollar bill. (something I have never seen in my life!)
Pine Grosbeak: Large, robust finch with red-washed black back, gray sides and undertail coverts, and pink-red rump and underparts. Head and face are pink-red; bill is heavy and black. Wings are black with two pale bars. Tail is black and slightly notched. Feeds on seeds, buds, fruits and insects
Breeds from Alaska east to Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, and south in the western mountains to California and Arizona. Spends winters south to the Dakotas and New York but may go farther south to southern Canada and northern United States. Prefers open coniferous forests and forest edges. Winters in mixed coniferous-deciduous forests; also found in shade trees in villages and in suburbs where it looks for food.