Three Little Couples by Vickie Emms

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Top 5 in a challenge in Songbirds of North America – September 14, 2011

POP’S Special Selection of the Day in The World As We See It…or as we missed it – January 9, 2011

Featured in Songbirds of North America – January 8, 2010

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.

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  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseabout 6 years ago

    Oh Vickie!
    What a DELIGHTFUL image!!

    Happy New Year to you…………….xo

  • Happy New Year Rose, hope you had a good one – missed you. thanks for stopping by

    – Vickie Emms

  • WayoftheWarrior
    WayoftheWarriorabout 6 years ago

    great shot

  • thank you Tony

    – Vickie Emms

  • dougie1
    dougie1about 6 years ago

    that is beautiful!

  • much appreciated dougie, thank you

    – Vickie Emms

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelabout 6 years ago

    Vickie, excellent image and good read about the Pine Grossbeaks. – Cora

  • thank you Cora,,,,,,,,,I learned something by looking it up :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaabout 6 years ago

    Today was a better day to photograph them. Sun always makes all the difference. Great capture.

  • thanks hon, yes it was a beautiful, but oh so cold day, standing in that doorway chilling down the house, lol. They aren’t great, but not too bad. I wanted to share. How did all yours turn out.

    – Vickie Emms

  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 6 years ago

    WOW!!!love it amazing shot….

  • thank you Sas

    – Vickie Emms

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 6 years ago

    Congratulations on your new Canon, love this image Vickie, they do love those sunflower seeds, you are so fortunate to have these Grosbeaks at your feeder. We used to have them at the lake when we had our cottage, wooow those males sure are colorful…I enjoyed the read very much as well.

  • Great! thanks Larry, I’m sure they will be here when you come visiting soon. No Hummingbirds, but can offer you some winter birds at least :-))

    – Vickie Emms

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 6 years ago

    Wow – love their rosy color!!!! A deeper red than the House Finches here – very pretty!!!!! A fabulous capture!!!!

  • thanks Lori, we don’t get the beautiful red Cardinals, but these guys come close with their pretty red feathers.

    – Vickie Emms

  • David Friederich
    David Friederichabout 6 years ago

    Great picture, great description. I am sure you love your new camera, Vickie.

  • thank you David for stopping by. Yes I do love the camera, just that there is noting much to photograph here in the dead of winter. This is my first picture of birds that I thought was even half decent to share. We are going out to Alberta for holidays, and it can’t come soon enough!

    – Vickie Emms

  • Smudger
    Smudgerabout 6 years ago

    stunning photography Vickie

  • thanks Steve,,,,,very much

    – Vickie Emms

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