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Heading South for the Winter

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2019 by lilybug1960

Heading South for the Winter.
 
Without a doubt the bird with the most voracious appetite is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I can always tell when they are here in spring as well as fall as to the amount of food that I have to replace in the feeder. It almost doubles when they are passing through. I go from a large plastic cup, I think it is a Burger King cup, to a Maxwell House plastic can full each day. I would estimate they are consuming about 2 to 3 pounds of Black Oil Sunflower seed each day! It is great to look out though and see 10-15 of these beautiful visitors on and around the feeder area. I know they will be leaving soon, and it will be about 5 or 6 months until I see them again, but it is great while it lasts.
 
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 25, 2019 by lilybug1960

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

Yesterday marked the first day of big numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. I have been seeing one or two, but yesterday there were easily 10+ visiting the yard and feeder area. I also had visits from a Blue Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher, and lots of Warblers and Vireo. I always know to have a full bag of seeds when the Grosbeaks come through, they have hefty appetites for their journey north.

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2018 by lilybug1960

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
 
Twice a year I get to see and hear these distinctive migrants. In the spring the males come through with brightly colored feathers on the chest, in fall, the colors have faded but they are every bit just as beautiful. One thing that doesn’t change is their appetite! For me though I will gladly pay for the seed that helps fuel them on their trip. They are one of the only migrants that will actually stop at the feeders, so make sure you have seed out for them if you are able to do so.
 
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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak Portrait

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Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak Portrait.
 
It is always interesting to me to see the counterpart of the brightly colored male birds. The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is as colorful and striking as one can imagine and is loved because of its beautiful coloration. The female though is a striking bird as well. She has beautiful coloration and patterns but on a much more subtle basis than her flashy counterpart. Hers are mainly on her underside, a beautiful yellow and orange can be seen. I have stated the reason before, but it always worth repeating, with songbirds, the female incubates the eggs and would be very visible to predators if she was as colorful as the male. In order to remain “stealth” she will blend in better with her subtle coloration.
 
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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 30, 2018 by lilybug1960

Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
 
The flock of RBGs going through right now are eating me out of house and home, but to see these beautiful birds are worth the cost of seed. It is great to see the transitions in the molting cycles as well. The males in full breeding plumage, then the new males just starting to get the red coloring, and I think the females are beautiful as well. Their subtle yellows are a nice blend in the feathers. Last year we had a few pairs that stayed and nested in the area. It would be great to see them stay again this year.
 
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Aberrant Rose-breasted Grosbeak

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Abherrant Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
 
So yesterday I posted(on a few pages) a quick picture of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak that has an orange breast vs rose colored. I usually will post an explanation or a brief description of the image to share a little knowledge when possible, but I didn’t do it with that image, so I owe you an explanation. I had at one time 10 RBG {Rose-breasted Grosbeaks) at the feeder station when this guy flew up. He posed on top of a post briefly then on the side of the feeder before flying away. He returned several more times that morning. I will try and get a better image this morning.
 
There are a couple of reasons he could have orange instead of rose on the breast. First, and most likely is the lack of carotenoids, or simply put, the compound within plants that make things red. If his diet of plants lacked the needed amounts, then it could result in the color shift. It can be found to be the case with other birds that have red colors in their feathers, an example is the House Finch. Since Grosbeaks are part of the finch family this could be the case. Secondly it could simply be a genetic issue. Lastly, and probably not the case, is a cross between a Black-headed Grosbeak and a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It is possible, but the instances of cross birds is minimal at best, and typically the shoulders would show orange as well and some of the back. Hopefully this explanation will help a little to understand the colors in birds and how they can vary a little.
 
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A Seed Eating Machine!

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A Seed Eating Machine.
 
The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are still here and they are helping the sunflower seed industry. 10 of them can eat the amount of seed that 25 Goldfinches can consume. I don’t mind though, it is just great to see and hear them outside. They are just one of those things I look forward to each spring and help me to gauge how far along we are in the season each year. I like seeing the juvenile males that come through a couple days after the adults, unlike this adult they will have some of their juvenile feathers and look really interesting with the mix. The Grosbeaks tend to move slower which allows me to use a slower shutter speed and ISO for better quality in the image.
 
Tamron SP 150-600mm Di VC USD G2 lens on a Canon 7Dii, Manual Exposure mode, f8, ISO 500, shutter speed 1/80th of a second, Sirui P424S monopod and L10 head, MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack, processed in Lightroom CC. #WithMyTamron, #TamronImageMaster, #SiruiProfessional, #SiruiUSA, #MindShiftGear