The name Evening Grosbeak (Hesperiphona vespertina) was given this species by an observer who heard a flock at twilight, at a site northwest of Lake Superior. At that time, in 1823, the Evening Grosbeak was a western species; since then, it has spread far to the east. One hypothesis is that feeding trays loaded with sunflower seeds may have played a part in this expansion. Still, reports show that grosbeaks regularly pass up such offerings in favor of boxelder seeds and other wild food.
Length: 7 – 8 inches
Habitat: Coniferous forests; other forests and at feeders (migration, winter)