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Old Dec 23, 2012, 4:48 PM   #6
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James - these are uncropped, these birds were fairly tolerant of my presence so I was able to open the window and get pretty close. They were really intent on eating the crab apples and cleaned off what remained on the tree. Even though I have a suet cake out now it was ignored completely by these birds. At one point the familiar robin tried to claim the tree and kick them out but the grosbeaks were too much and came back yet again.

Bob - and a Merry Christmas to you as well! I am glad you enjoyed them, this is the first time I can remember seeing these birds myself, according to the bird book it is not unheard of them to come down this far south (Southern NH) but they are still an uncommon sight, I consider their visit a Christmas treat!
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