Back in the Pioneer Valley! I could hardly resist the twenty minute drive east to Quabbin Park (actually Quabbin HQ) to try for these recently posted Pine Grosbeaks. The birds came and went throughout the ninety minutes that I spent at the site but eventually settled to give wonderful views - all this despite lots of human traffic under the crab apple trees in which they fed. All I can say is....... I just felt privileged to have these beautiful boreal visitors up so close as I've never seen them before. A complete range of plumages too, though of the thirty birds present, only three were adult males.