Evening Grosbeaks had been reported for the past few days in the Shenandoah Valley, and then yesterday here in the Virginia Piedmont. While I had previously seen this species in the past (a male in Carnation, WA, and a female in Shipman, VA), they are rare here in Virginia. Soon after starting my hike, about a dozen of them were at a feeder at a home near near the golf course pond. I didn't see them at the feeder, but saw the flock as it flew to the northwest. I got off a few photos, and it appears that there were both males and females in this flock (my Old Trail species # 147).
I continued birding here in Old Trail, and tried to keep an eye out for the Evening Grosbeaks. I ended up with 33 avian species, but did not see the Evening Grosbeaks again. Hopefully, they will be back throughout the winter.