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I'm wondering if it is a sparrow - I thought at first it was a Lark Sparrow but the color isn't right and the stripes aren't as bold as I have seen. Then I thought it was a Vesper Sparrow but I don't think the color is right on that either.
He/she is a real pig - that's for sure. Been at the feeder all day!
It might be a sparrow. I had my dad in here helping me look it up in his bird book and we found several possibilties but it might be a young un and not have all its markings yet. The spots are what were throwing us off.
Oh My,If that isn't just the prettiest Female Rose Breasted Grossbeak I have ever seen! I could be wrong but it sure looks like the ones we have here in Nebraska .The male is really gorgeous!He is black and white with a deep red crescent on his chest.Perhaps you have seen him too?If not keep a look out for him.I just love this time of year.I notice each year we usually get a few new ones we have never seen before. Cedar
Oh dear Cedar - I hope you are right! When I lived a few hours south of here I had Rose Breasted Grosbeaks all the time. I never even paid attention to the females. I will watch and watch and hope and hope...
I will keep my fingers crossed you get to see the male.The first time we saw one we took about 10 pictures on our camera and even got out the movie camera.It was like there was a celebrity in town.You can probably tell we really like birds huh? LOL
I can appreciate your enthusiasm! I just went back outside to apologize to the lady about wanting to run her off - thinking she was a sparrow and had eaten quite enough. She was still eating, the Orioles were sipping, the hummingbirds were drinking and everybody was singing. It's a lovely evening all around!
Yup, looks like a female grosbeak. The spots are a little odd, so maybe a different kind of grosbeak. The second picture tipped me off to her 'gros' beak. I had one here once and never saw her or the male again. I remember thinking the beak was the biggest part of her at the time. Reminds me of those birds on the Flintstones. You can't really see it in the pictures though.
Hi guys! I am new from the center of IL. and it is what you say. I have a pair every Spring of these Gross Beaks as they are heading your way. They stop at my feeders for about three days and are gone. The first time I saw a male I about fell off my seat. He is just beautiful. Hope to talk to you again. I am trying to turn my yard into a wildlife Sanctuary, CU BEV