We have a male pine grosbeak who has been hanging around. He isn’t scared of us one bit. Almost every morning he flies up to our window and hovers, looking in at us. He does it again and again…going on two years now. Sometimes Shon or I will stand at the window while he hovers. If it is me, I talk to him. When we are sitting in our chairs on the front porch, he flies up to the bird feeder like he owns the place, not bothered by us at all.
He has a female companion that we call Wilma. She’s a bit more skittish so I haven’t gotten a good picture of her. It looks to me like Fred has been trying to tell her that we won’t bother her. We were sitting in our chairs a few days ago, enjoying the Alaskan beauty, and here comes Fred. He eats a bit from the bird feeder. I laugh about him not being scared of us. All of a sudden, Fred flies right at me, makes a turn, and flies in front of Shon, missing us by only about a foot! We both pop our heads back, totally surprised!
In just a few minutes, here comes Fred again, this time with his lady friend, Wilma. He has convinced here, apparently, that we are no threat. I’m not sure what that conversation was like, but she is now making regular appearances at the feeder, even when we are present! I’m convinced I’m going to get a good picture of her soon!