Rose-breasted Grosbeak at the bird feeder: May 6, 2018

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

They are back! Every May, as many as six Rose-breasted Grosbeaks visit our feeder for about three weeks.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

This morning I had my first visit of the season from a male.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

The large bill is diagnostic for grosbeaks.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

No two males have exactly the same shaped rose-coloured markings.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

They spend the winter in forests and semi-open habitats in Central and South America.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

In spring and summer, they are found in a large variety of habitats including moist deciduous forests, parks, gardens and orchards.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

During breeding season, they eat insects, fruit and seeds.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

In winter, they eat invertebrates and plant material.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

The lovely song has been described as a robin who has had singing lessons OR a drunken robin.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

In addition, the Indigo Bunting male continues to visit us.

Indigo Bunting (male)

Just as in the Indigo Bunting species, the female Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks nothing like the male.

female Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Audubon Field Guide)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

Miles Hearn

 

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