February 19, 2016 – Japanese Grosbeak, Japanese Hawfinch, Masked Hawfinch, Masked Grosbeak, or Black-headed Grosbeak (Eophona personata)

These large finches are found in deciduous and mixed forests of eastern Russia, northeastern and southern China, and Japan. They eat seeds, including those from cedar, pine, and birch trees, fruit, berries, and insects. Often foraging in small groups or pairs, they can be hard to spot, usually staying hidden in the foliage. Their large, cup-shaped nests are constructed from sticks, twigs, and grass.