wow...absolutely beautiful...I'm envious...! I had a rare visit from a Black Headed Grosbeak last April and was thrilled to get a very quick photo thru the screen in my bedroom window. I had never seen one of these before. The Rose-Breasted is lovely...! Thanks for sharing... :)
Donna, great shots of one of the most gorgeous birds. They come through in summer and they nest in the area but not here. Boy would I love to see a black headed grosbeak!! Thanks for your quick photo, Melanie!
And I would love to see a Rose Breasted Grosbeak - lol!!!! We have the Black Headed variety around quite a bit (not this time of the year, though) and occasionally the Evening Grosbeak during migration.
Linthicum, that is a wonderful grosbeak and I can see why you would confuse him with an Indigo Bunting (esp. headwise). What is its habitat? (Not home to look it up.) Years ago (20!) I planted grass seed in my yard and when I looked out the small yard was covered with Evening Grosbeaks! Wow. I couldn't decide whether to just watch them or save my seed. I think I waited a while, got my fill, and walked out to set the flock on the wing. And I haven't seen them here since. I guess I REALLY must have scared them. LOL.
Beautiful photos...! I know Texas has alot of migrants moving thru during the season...and odd species are beginning to cross the border from northern Mexico (i.e. Green Jays), I just wish they would linger a bit longer for me to get a photo...lol
lol boojum...I miss the birds in MA when I lived in Acton! I couldn't believe the different species up there. I had never seen nesting robins before, tho they migrate thu here in the Winter...and don't get me started on Eastern Bluebirds! What lovelies... :) Alot of birders do indeed flock here (no pun intended :) in the Spring...especially along the coast and near the border of Mexico. They see some really unusual birds of tropical origins in the Rio Grande Valley. You should get down here sometime... :)
We only get to see the Rose Breasted Grosbeak, if we're lucky, during the Spring and/or Fall migrations. Would love to have them here year round! Every time I see the male or the female, I get speechless, excited and in awe!
They stop for the sunflower seeds and I try to keep the feeders filled with lots of those seeds during that time, in hopes they'll grace us with their appearances.
I haven't gotten any photos in my yard yet, but DH took this one at the Suncoast Seabird Santuary while we were on vacation last January in FL.
Edited to add... that we don't have any variety of Grosbeaks here and haven't seen any except the Rose Breasted one.
Donna what a wonderful pictures! We get the Blue Grosebeak but I keep praying for a sighting of the Rose. I wil lhave ot make do with the Paitned Buntings. We have 2 pairs this year my niehbor and I am so thrilled. Now if I can just get some decent picutes of them. The screen shows through in the ones he sits still for. I am hoping he will get more used to me out there this year. The females are felaxing more now with me out there.
It could have happened, Lily. I had a RB Grosbeak at my feeder about a week ago, and I am farther south than you. Here he is at my feeder with a male House Finch and a female Northern Cardinal. I jumped out of my chair when I saw him at the feeder. He hung around for several days, so keep looking.
I usually get a pair of RB Grosbeaks each year migrating thru in early May. This year they arrived on May 8th, ended up seeing four pair. They will usually hang around about ten days. Orioles visited this year for the first time also, two pairs of Baltimore, and one day I spotted an Orchard. (Independence Mo)
I don't have any great pictures of this bird, but I have a funny one. It cracks me up the way the different birds pop up to make sure everything is safe around them. Sometimes when we have several birds in the platform feeder, they remind me of the game "Whack a Mole".
We had two pairs of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks earlier, but yesterday I only saw the female. So maybe they are nesting near by.
Oh, for some reason my youngest child call these "bib spills". It does look like they were a little messy with the cherry Kool-aid.
We get quite a few, males & females, that usually hang around all Summer. I've never had much luck getting pictures, though. Guess I'll have to break down one of these days and get a camera with a better zoom.
They spend a lot of time at our feeders... their favorite is sunflower seed, but they also really like safflower seed, especially from tray feeders or tube feeders that have attached trays. They also enjoy having a birdbath nearby or other water source & our whole area has mature trees which they love.
seen one of these yesterday perched on a bird feeder hanger on my deck.only for a few seconds and then flew away.got a quick picture i'll have to post it later.had the camera out because i was taking pictures of the orioles on my hummingbird feeder.i have never seen either of the birds before.yesterday was a good bird watching day! the orioles were back today also :)