Boreal birds: Pine Grosbeaks,White-winged Crossbills, and Gray Jays

White-winged Crossbill


This week I am continuing to relive last winter’s trip to Canada to see Boreal birds.   I still haven’t seen any Snowy Owls this season, though everyone else has, but at least I have pictures from our trip and don’t feel like traveling hundreds of miles to get a picture of a white dot far back in a field!  If you missed it, see Snowy Owls from last week.   However, we were able to see more than owls, and were even able to hand feed Gray Jays, Red-breasted Nuthatches, and Black-capped Chickadees which was great fun!  Boreal birds such as White-winged Crossbills, Pine Grosbeaks, and Bohemian Waxwings were strikingly beautiful, and seeing a Pine Marten at Algonquin’s Nature Center was the icing on the cake.

Red Poll

Sweet little Common Redpoll in Algonquin Park


Pine Marten

We were all excited to get quick looks at this Pine Marten stealing suet from a feeding station.


Gray Jay

Gray Jays quickly learn that humans are a good source of food, and readily came to eat from our heavily mittened hands.


Boreal Chickadee

Boreal Chickadees were quick to grab raisins from the feeder in the woods, but were wary of humans.


Bohemian Waxwing

Bohemian Waxwings look very much like their cousins, the Cedar Waxwings, but are a little larger.


Bohemian Waxwings

Bohemian Waxwings travel together, just like Cedar Waxwings. Notice the russet under their tails rather than white; and black, yellow, and white on their wings along with red spots.


Pine Grosbeak

Female Pine Grosbeak


Pine Grosbeak

First year male or a Female Pine Grosbeak


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