A Different Bird!
By Morley Hunt
May 1, 2018 6:36pm CST
On the weekend I was walking along the New Brunswick trail when a bird caught my eye. A flash of red....no, not a cardinal, so what was it? The bird kept hiding behind a branch, so I could not get a photo (I tried) that I could use. When I arrived home, I intended to research the bird, but got sidetracked and forgot......it was sort of like a Baltimore Oriole, but much more red....but it also had black and grey.... Tonight, I remembered, and goggled, red birds, New Brunswick. It only took me a moment to choose which photo matched my sighting. A Pine Grosbeak....that's one I hadn't seen before.
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• United States
They look similar to a variety of sparrow we have here, at least in terms of coloration. I scared off a couple of our Gambel's quail this afternoon when we went out to the car. Normally they just run off, but we must have given them a pretty good fright because they took off flying over the neighbor's house.
• United Kingdom
At first glance, it reminded me a lot of the Scottish crossbill I wondered if they are related, but it seems they are not closely related although both are types of finch.
You are very lucky to get to see such a beautiful and strange bird for you! I am happy to know that after the research you could make it out that it was a Pine Grosbeak! The bird looks very beautiful, that was your and our bad luck that you couldn't take a picture to upload here! Thanks @Morleyhunt!