As a Scoutmaster, I go camping almost every month...and I love it! My family really enjoys camping too, but we've had a hard time working in a weekend of family camping this summer. Finally, this last weekend, we took the whole kit and caboodle up to the Monte Cristo campground in northern Utah. This is very near the area Kyle and I had gone on the 4th of July to see the Purple Martins and Williamson's Sapsuckers.
While we were unloading the family minivan at our campsite, I heard bird calls I didn't recognize. Of course, I had my binoculars harnessed to my chest and quickly put them on the birds. Well, I'll be...A life bird, Pine Grosbeaks!
That evening and the next morning especially I enjoyed watching several Pine Grosbeaks, males, females, and even juveniles. We had the camera with us, but the distance was too much to get any quality photos. Oh how I longed for a digiscoping rig! I'd like to thank the Utah birder/photographers who allowed me to share their quality photos below so you can have a glimpse at the beauty and awesomeness of this mountain bird.
|Pine Grosbeak - female - photo by Paul Higgins|
|Pine Grosbeak - male - photo by Tim Avery|
Below are some maps to help you understand the range of the Pine Grosbeak.