Wednesady, Jan. 9 2013, I drove to Wilmington, MA to where reports of a flock of Pine Grosbeaks were feeding on crabapples in an industrial park. Having never seen a Pine Grosbeak in real life, this was to be my first Life bird of 2013.
I pulled up at the location the reports indicated and was immediately delighted with a flock of about 30 Pine Grosbeaks in the tree right next to where I parked and they were munching away on the fermented fruit. Totally oblivious to my presence, or they were just too drunk from the fruit to care, the birds delighted me with their chatter and slurpy sounds from their feasting. They allowed me to stand within 4 feet of them and I found muself having to put my 300mm lens in the the shorter focusing mode.
They would , with no reason and no warning, fly out of the tree and retreat to taller ones across the street, only to return to another crabapple tree within a couple of minutes and start the food gorging process all over again. It was a delightful 30 minutes and I returned home full of satisfaction from the experience.
This is one of my favorite images from the photo shoot.