Saturday, May 21, 2016


These were in my yard.  The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is 8" (20 cm).  Heavy pinkish-white bill.  Male black and white with a conspicuous rose-red patch on breast and underwings.  Female white above and below with heavy brown streaking; prominent white eyebrow. Breeds from northeastern British Columbia, southern Manitoba, and Nova Scotia south to southern Alberta central North Dakota, central Oklahoma, and New Jersey, and in mountains as far south as northern Georgia.(They are in New York, too)  Winters in tropics.  The handsome grosbeak is one of the most conspicuous birds before the foliage comes into full leaf in early May.  It is beneficial to farmers, consuming many potato beetles and larvae as well as week seeds, wild fruits, and buds. Took these pictures on May 3rd.

Our robin that I took the pictures of in her nest, earlier this month has moved.  The nest was in a tree next to our walk.  Everyone could see it as they came by.  Guess the robin decided to take residence elsewhere.


Tom said...

dinner time

Anonymous said...

love the birds pictures
I don't think I've ever seen any

Vanssmomc said...

Have never seen one at my bird feeders. Lucky you! Cathy in Webster

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,

It sure was.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Jodie.

I have never seen them before either. They are beautiful birds.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Cathy,
These are the first I have seen here. Sure was lucky.