Male Pine Grosbeak

A photo of a male Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), perched on a small spruce tree in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

A photo of a male Pine Grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator), perched on a small spruce tree in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

My second winter in the park, staying at the near infamous Shacky, belonging to the delightful man and good friend Mr Jim Edwards, was a god year for my project on this park. I thought I might try to make some photos of the resident birds I saw regularly. mostly Redpolls, Chickadees, woodpeckers and Grosbeaks. Jays, ravens and a few raptors came by from time to time, but far less frequently.

The Pine Grosbeaks were a new bird for me when I moved to Alaska, and they’re a gorgeous bird; a real delight to see in a drab winter; they provide some of that all too rare color our eye tends to enjoy.

I had a feeder near the Shack, and these birds came by regularly enough. I was able to find a nice perch, a decent background, and then it was simply a matter of waiting and watching. And waiting some more.

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