Date: 11/3/20 6:52 am From: Patricia Valdata <pvaldata1...> Subject: Re: [MDBirding] Evening Grosbeaks Bethesda Backyard, Mont. Co. this morning
I looked them up in the Birder's Life List and Diary my husband Bob gave me almost 40 years ago. My first sighting was in 1981 in Locktown, NJ, where a noisy flock was on a platform feeder. But I forgot that I had six of them come to the feeder one December day in 1993 when we lived in Elkton, so today's bird (Yard Bird #113) was actually my third sighting of these beautiful birds. It was around for only about five minutes.
I keep a life list in an Excel spreadsheet to make sure the arithmetic is correct, but I still write bird sightings in the old, spiral-bound diary. It's fun for me to look at early entries and recapture the excitement of seeing species for the first time.
Pat Valdata Crisfield, Somerset County
On Tue, Nov 3, 2020 at 9:26 AM 'Jim Nelson' via Maryland & DC Birding < <mdbirding...> wrote:
> Seeing all the recent reports, I've been joking with birding friends about > waiting for Evening Grosbeaks to show up in our small suburban backyard in > Bethesda, Montgomery County, in the DC suburbs. > > Each morning I either sit on the deck or at our dining room window to > watch birds in the yard as I eat breakfast. > > This morning at about 7:35 I was about to sit down at the window with my > first bowl of cereal when I Iooked out and saw a flock of Evening Grosbeaks > coming to the feeders! I called my wife to see them, and we enjoyed less > than 5 minutes of frenzied back and forth flights to the feeders and > frenzied picture taking by me. Then they were gone as fast as they had > arrived. There were at least 13 birds, mostly adult males. What a show! > > In over 30 years of observing birds at our house here, we have had Evening > Grosbeaks only one other time, Christmas Day, December 25, 1989, back at a > time when winter Evening Grosbeaks in Maryland were not unusual. > > What a great morning! > > Jim Nelson > Bethesda, MD > > -- > -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google > Group 'Maryland & DC Birding'. > To view group guidelines or change email preferences, visit this group on > the web at http://www.mdbirding.com > Unfamiliar with a hotspot mentioned on this list? Quickly locate it here - > http://www.mdbirding.com/hotspot.html > --- > You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups > "Maryland & DC Birding" group. > To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an > email to mdbirding+<unsubscribe...> > To view this discussion on the web visit > https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/mdbirding/<827204842.1759132.1604413601991...> > <https://groups.google.com/d/msgid/mdbirding/<827204842.1759132.1604413601991...>?utm_medium=email&utm_source=footer> > . >