The Pine Grosbeak is the largest finch resident in North America and is present year-round in Newfoundland, that is until this winter. It is known that when food sources are scarce, this species will move southward. Have they stayed in the province? It is hard to say. I haven't seen a single post where a Pine Grosbeak has been reported over the last few months. Nevertheless, one does show up on the NL Winter List. I think the last small group of Pine Grosbeaks was spotted on Middle Cove Road in the first few days of December.
Hence, to enjoy the PG during this winter, I have to resort to looking at pictures taken over the summer. This shot, taken at the end of July, shows a male going through its molt. I recently learned the first-year male of this species closely resembles the female, with slightly richer tones. I will certainly keep that in mind this summer to see if I can identify a first-year male.
In 1986, the Pine Grosbeak was featured on the Canadian $1000.00 bill. This bill no longer exists in Canadian Currency and for this winter, neither does the Pine Grosbeak.