Evening Grosbeaks watercolor

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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EVENING GROSBEAK (male and female) Published by the National Association of Audubon Societies No. 36 Evening Grosbeak Length 8 inches An element of mystery has always surrounded the coming and goings of these rare winter visitors whose boreal home is far beyond the haunts of man. They are very irregular and infrequent east of the Mississippi, but now and then remarkable flights have taken place, as in 1890 and again 1\in 1910. On such occasions the exreme tameness of the birds is always noticeable and is abundant proof of their innocence with respect to the ways of civilization. Like its relative, the Pine Grosbeak, this species wonders around in flocks of varying size during the winter, visiting the districts of most abundant food supply. It feeds to some extent on buds and seeds of trees. The song is described as a wandering, jerky warble, beginning low, suddenly increasing in power, and as suddenly ceasing as if the the singer were out of breath. The nest, known from only a few examples, is made of twigs and rootlets and placed low in trees or bushes. There are three to five eggs, greenish-white, spotted with brown. etc

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