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Evening Grosbeak Coccothraustes vespertinus

Fairly common and widespread, though erratic, throughout four-county area in conifer-dominated forests. Low level of breeding confirmation probably indicative of sparse breeding. Wandering habits may diffuse and overrepresent true breeding pattern, as some BBA records at "possible" and "probable" levels may reflect non-breeding birds. Area-to-area abundance can vary considerably with food availability, resulting in high numbers one year, none the next.