Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Rose Breasted Grosbeaks

A pair of Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks paused from their northern journey for a few days
and made themselves at home in my back yard...

Females are brown and heavily streaked with a bold whitish stripe over the eyes
Nothing wrong with her appetite- she spent a lot of time at the feeders
Males are black and white with a brilliant red chevron which
extends from the throat down the middle of the breast
This male was very fussy at the feeders- he squawked when another bird intruded.
The color coordination between he and the Red-headed Woodpecker made for a pretty good photo.
He really fussed a lot with the cardinals.  The female was fussy too, but not as much.

The beautiful pair hung around for about 3 to 4 days- long enough to rest and refuel 
then continued on with their journey to their breeding areas in the northern U.S. and Canada.
I wish them well on their journey.  Maybe they'll return for a few days during fall migration.

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!
Linked with Stewart at Wild Bird Wednesday


  1. Beautiful images, Susan! The best part are the guests visiting your feeder. :)

  2. Very beautiful backyard visitors and the woodpecker with them is also beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Fabulous colours on the Grosbeak. The woodpecker is pretty special too.

  4. Wow, the grosbeaks are so pretty and then lucky you to have the Redheaded Woodie there. Awesome shots!

  5. What an interesting find and the bright red on the male certainly stands out.

  6. They are so pretty...but I'm in awe of that wood pecker. Wow. Looks like he got lost in a Hanley Paint store. Gorgeous

  7. Very nice pictures. I wonder what the grosbeak thought of that big woodpecker!

  8. love the shot of the redhead! so cool!

  9. I've seen a few here in Mississippi in the winter
    Love your photos!

  10. Wonderful captures of these beautiful birds.

  11. What exquisite red shades of nature's birds...all three together!

  12. What a colour show! Now thats a feeder I'd like to spend a few hours watching!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  13. I wish they'd come to our place in Canada .... they don't come this far ...

  14. Oh I'm so jealous of the Red-headed Woodpecker! What a great shot, too. I have yet to capture this bird. Of course the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is nothing to sneeze at either! What a treat for you and us!