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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2007
3:09 PM

Post #3074157

one of my most favorite Migrants

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2007
3:10 PM

Post #3074161

this one was sitting in my Scarlet wisteria tree

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2007
3:10 PM

Post #3074162

have some good female pics to I have to find

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Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2007
3:16 PM

Post #3074177

Breathtaking!!!! Gorgeous bird and what wonderful photos you have taken, Donna!
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2007
3:45 PM

Post #3074221

these were taken right out my bathroom window of my old home
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2007
3:47 PM

Post #3074230

BEAUTIFUL!!!! Thanks so much for posting these Donna!
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2007
3:49 PM

Post #3074235

These guys sing as pretty as they look, too!
hem_iamy
Albuquerque, NM
(Zone 7b)

January 11, 2007
3:52 PM

Post #3074249

Sweet compositions with the scarlet blooms Donna! Hear Hear! :)
Haven't seen these guys here...
~Amy
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2007
3:53 PM

Post #3074251

I'll have to keep an eye out for them in summer.
claypa
West Pottsgrove, PA
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2007
4:22 PM

Post #3074335

Look in the tops of tall trees, they seem to like to hold watch in the late afternoon and sing.
lilyfantn
Kingsport, TN
(Zone 6b)

January 11, 2007
7:50 PM

Post #3074822

Donna B these are wonderful photos! I have never seen one and really hope to some day. I'm green with envy!
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 11, 2007
8:03 PM

Post #3074858

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... :)

Melanie

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 11, 2007
9:35 PM

Post #3075112

I usually see at least one at my feeder during migration. Here is a photo taken on 5/3/06.

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pelletory
Marlton, NJ

January 11, 2007
10:30 PM

Post #3075254

Really nice pic Linth! These guys are so interesting, they must look great flying past at eye level.
betterbloom
Blythe, CA
(Zone 10b)

January 12, 2007
12:07 AM

Post #3075476

I've only seen one in my area, and at that time I didn't have a digital ...how lucky you are to have these birds and get pictures of them. Thanks for sharing them with us.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
3:21 AM

Post #3075924

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!
Murmur
Whidbey Island, WA
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2007
3:32 AM

Post #3075942

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.
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
10:01 AM

Post #3076197

I guess the grass is always greener...
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
1:36 PM

Post #3076528

I would love to see any sort of grosbeaks...lol Quite rare here, methinks... :)

Melanie
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
3:40 PM

Post #3076874

Do you have crossbills there? I once saw them in AZ. I looked up and saw the profile of their beaks above me and blurted out "crossbills". Never have seen them again, even in AZ.
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

January 12, 2007
4:36 PM

Post #3077022

Here's the male Blue Grosbeak which I confuse with the Indigo Bunting, at a distance. I haven't seen an Evening Grosbeak in my area for years and years.

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trois
Santa Fe, TX
(Zone 9b)

January 12, 2007
4:41 PM

Post #3077036

Beautiful pictures! I have seen exactly one Rose Brested on my feeder, last year. No pic.
DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
5:55 PM

Post #3077193

my very first experience of seeing them was 6 males and 6 females that stayed for 2 weeks. I had no idea what they were and was totally in awe. I was a newbie Birdwatcher lol
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
6:47 PM

Post #3077324

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.

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TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
8:16 PM

Post #3077558

lol boojum...

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

Melanie
boojum
Shelburne Falls, MA
(Zone 5a)

January 12, 2007
8:46 PM

Post #3077637

Last year I thought I would finally get to TX to go birding but then it fell through. I've got to get there sometime. As you've reminded me, you have so many interesting birds.
TxTurqoize
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 12, 2007
9:37 PM

Post #3077785

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... :)

Melanie
debnes_dfw_tx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

January 12, 2007
10:01 PM

Post #3077876

Gorgeous birdie Donna!
Great pics yall!!
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:13 AM

Post #3078966

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.

Thanks for sharing all your pics!

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:15 AM

Post #3078971

DH took this one too at the SSS.

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Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
5:16 AM

Post #3078974

Great photos everyone!!!

DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

January 13, 2007
6:17 AM

Post #3079011

Marilyn a trick I figured out is if you have to take a pic through a cage put your lens against the cage and focus. the cage will disappear so how lol
Marilynbeth
Hebron, KY

January 13, 2007
6:22 AM

Post #3079015

Thanks Donna!
abbyday
Stamford, CT

May 3, 2008
6:22 PM

Post #4901608

Just saw one of these handsome fellows at our feeder yesterday. What a treat!

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

May 3, 2008
6:42 PM

Post #4901673

I have 4 that have been here for a week now. 3 males and 1 female. Probably leave in a few days now that these fronts have past
ddbydeb
Summerville, SC
(Zone 9b)

May 11, 2010
4:17 PM

Post #7784715

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.
Deb B

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

May 11, 2010
6:45 PM

Post #7785053

I believe I had a quick glance at the female Rose Breasted Grosbeak yesterday. Have yet seen the colorful male this season. I'm looking "UP" on tree top and hoping. Those are great pics. DonnaB.
Kim
gazergirl
Mandeville, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 11, 2010
9:03 PM

Post #7785436

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.

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Methodical
Clinton, MD
(Zone 7a)

May 24, 2010
9:03 PM

Post #7824718

Welp I guess I will have to enjoy them through you guys photos. I have never seen one...so thanks for sharing.
flowerdr
Independence, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 30, 2010
6:15 PM

Post #7843864

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)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

May 30, 2010
6:23 PM

Post #7843884

Welcome to the forum flowerdr!!

Chillybean

Chillybean
Near Central, IA
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8619666

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.

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DonnaB
Vancleave, MS
(Zone 8b)

June 9, 2011
8:29 AM

Post #8619896

congrats if they are nesting near you. They are one of my favorite migrating visitors
nutsaboutnature
Algonquin, IL
(Zone 5a)

June 9, 2011
9:55 AM

Post #8620112

Wow...Love the beautiful pictures!!

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.

Please keep the great pictures coming.



pelletory
Marlton, NJ

June 9, 2011
10:53 AM

Post #8620205

Sweet pic CB!
I've only ever seen a female in my yard.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

June 9, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8620425

First time I saw the colorful bird, it knocked me off my rocker to fumbling for the camera. lol CB, your child's description is totally accurate. It's a delight to see thing via a child's eyes.

queenbeez

queenbeez
Brooklyn Park, MN
(Zone 4a)

July 7, 2011
8:55 PM

Post #8679510

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 :)
pelletory
Marlton, NJ

July 8, 2011
1:39 AM

Post #8679677

That is great queen! Looking forward to seeing your pic.

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