As we settle into the month of November and temperatures continue to decline into a more wintery range, we are beginning to see plenty of finch species around all of our feeders.
One such visitor we were more than happy to behold last week was a flock of evening grosbeaks.
Resembling a large goldfinch, these birds are unmistakably yellow, sport a distinct black eyebrow and have a thick bill characteristic of all birds in the finch family. As we sat and watched these beautiful birds, we couldn’t help but be transported to a time, not too long ago, that they were virtually non-existent.
Today, these birds are darn near to being the poster child of a proverbial comeback as their numbers continue to increase and sightings become more and more frequent at backyard feeders during the winter season. So, what happened to these birds and more importantly, what changed that helped fuel such a dramatic recovery?
Let’s break it down starting from the beginning.