My First Evening Grosbeak in 30 Years!
Evening Grosbeaks used to be common backyard birds when I was a kid. In fact, we had an Audubon tea towel decoration in our kitchen called Common Backyard Birds and there was an Evening Grosbeak pictured.
I haven't seen on in at least 30 years. It was so long ago that I couldn't include it on my lifelist - not according to the rules of a current competition that I'm involved in. You have to have a clear and distinct recollection of the sighting to include it in your life list - and a photo is actually preferred.
FINALLY I'm able to claim an Evening Grosbeak. Right in my own backyard, even. Better yet, my competitor has yet to see one at all! After two weeks of being too sick to go birding, I still feel great about this fall!