Black-headed Grosbeak foraging in Montana

Black-headed Grosbeak foragingBlack-headed Grosbeak foraging – Nikon D300, f6.3, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I was thrilled to spot this male Black-headed Grosbeak foraging in this flowering shrub while I was in Montana last week. I haven’t had many opportunities to photograph this species so when it popped into view I was elated. Normally I would prefer a less busy foreground and background but this is the perch the bird picked and I think the flowers add interest. Besides, I enjoy photographing birds doing what they do where they decided to do it.

More birds from my Montana trip last week to come…


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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Beautiful photo, Mia! I’ve never seen a Black-headed Grosbeak before!

  2. One of my favorite western birds. The flowers are nice and so are the tones. I like to see birds in habitat.

  3. The Grosbeak is stunningly, thanks Mia.

  4. Stunning images on your blog. I will definitely be back from time to time.

  5. beautifull specie, i never seen it before, very nice colors and a good picture too (as usual)
    thanks mia ☺

  6. Gorgeous, Mia. For images like this, are you shooting hand held? So crisp and lovely. I’ve only seen one of this species in my lifetime, although I keep looking for them. It was a fledgling sitting in a tree just outside my kitchen window, the first year we moved into our California flat. I never saw them after, in either fledgling or adult form.

    • Ingrid, I shoot most of the time by laying my lens on my “Noodle” for stability, I’d be lost without my Noodle. I hope you get to see more Black-headed Grosbeaks soon, the male is stunning but I find the female to be very appealing too. The range map shows them in Washington State so it is very possible you could see them there!

  7. I love the colour, and the flowers and leaves always add that extra special touch about the environment.

  8. great Photo.. love the colors and the bill tones. I wonder how life might be different if we humans were as colorful ;)

  9. Very nice shot Mia, thanks for sharing.

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