Yesterday at the Chilliwack Christmas Bird Count pre-count meeting Jason mentioned he has had very infrequent visits from a Black-headed Grosbeak to his feeder but had not been able to post it. It began in late November and had a few in December as well. With all the chaos of getting count routes, and figuring out the projector we couldnt talk more about it (dates, male or female etc)
Amazing winter record. Nice work, Jason! Hope Denis can get it for the CBC as I think Jason's yard is in Denis's count area.
Gord Fraser Valley Birding Administrator eBird Regional Editor (Fraser Valley)
Hi all: Murray Brown and I are just back from doing the Ryder Lake portion of the Chilliwack CBC today; ( we had to leave a little early due to evening committments ). Jason had invited us into his backyard, and the Black-headed Grosbeak was still there- I think it is a female; it was so fluffed up against the cold, it was a little hard to tell whether it was a female or a juvenile. The bird was very immobile in the tree, despite a number of different species feeding actively around it. I wonder if it has long for this world?! We only had 19 speicies on this route, but amongst those were a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Red-breasted Sapsucker, and a Ruffed Grouse. I'm sure all those who did a count today will be trying to thaw out soon. Hope is the place to be; minus 12, but no WIND!! Cheers, Thor