Pine Grosbeak – Norway

Pine grosbeak in the snow

One of the joys of being in a foreign country is that you never quite know what wildlife you might encounter. Walking down a quiet back street in Trondheim today and came across a group of pine grosbeaks (Pinicola enucleator) making a racket in the trees at the side of the road. The scientific name roughly translates as “the bird that lives in the pine trees and shells the seeds” which is exactly what they were doing.

Pine grosbeak in a tree
Male pine grosbeak eating seeds
Female pine grosbeak sat on a railing
Female pine grosbeak on a railing
Male and female pine grosbeak on the ground
Eating seeds on the ground