Friday, March 20, 2009

Odd Pine Grosbeak

took some picture of an odd looking Pine Grosbeak that has been coming to the feeders. It is covered with white splotches. There is also one that is very pale with a white patch on the throat.
We had a Black-capped Chickadee with a white tail a couple of years ago so there seems to be a trend here.
The weather has turned a lot milder in the last week with +9 on Wednesday and +7 on Thursday, much nicer than the sub -30 of the first 2 weeks of the month. I have read that this has been good for the Mountain pine Beetle problem with a 90 to 95% mortality rate in Alberta.
Too late for B.C. where 85% of the pine trees are dead, good for the woodpeckers but not so good for the local economy.

1 comment:

  1. That sucks that those stupid beetles have ruined all the trees.