Archive for Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Hopefully a helpful guide

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2020 by lilybug1960

Hopefully a helpful guide.
 
Birds migrating south in the fall can be very tough to ID and it is easy to mis-identify some birds that look totally different as they are moving north in spring. A lot of birds molt their feathers at least twice each year, for some of them it is in and out of breeding plumage. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is one such bird. Throw into the mix the birds that were hatched this year and are in their “first fall” plumage. Hopefully this guide will help at least a little with Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Females will look very similar each season and the easiest thing to ID them is if they lift their wings, you will see yellow on the undersides. Males will have red under their wings. First year or juvenile males will not have completely gotten all of their black feathers on their wings, and the underside of the tails will still be light brownish. Adult non-breeding males will look very similar, but can be seen in many different stages of their molt. One thing to help distinguish the adult non-breeding and first year will be the underside of the tail. Adult non-breeding will have white and black vs the duller or plain feathers. The wings will also be almost if not completely black. The amount of red on the breast can vary from spring to fall as well, so don’t always look to see just a red patch. You can see the head feathers change as well, where spring adult males have black heads, in fall they will have head colors that resemble juveniles or females. I hope this guide helped at least a little! #bearwoodsphotography, #bearwoodswildlifesanctuary, #birdphotography, #birdnirdvana

Passing through again

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2020 by lilybug1960

Passing through…again.
 
The other evening I noticed my feeder was about empty as I was taking it down for the night. I just figured that some squirrel had found a way to get to it. When I put it out the next morning I heard the distinctive chirp of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and it hit me as to why my feeder was empty. I quickly swapped out a small hanging bowl feeder for my larger seed feeder so the Grosbeaks could get the calories needed for their journey. They eat a lot! During the summer months I only put out a smaller seed feeder as there is a bounty of natural sources for the birds, but fall and winter I put out larger feeders which allow the birds to get the calories they need so badly. As I look out the window I have 6 Grosbeaks on the feeder and a dozen or so in the poke berry bush eating fruit. What a great sight. You can see this one in the photo has already had some berries!
 
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The last of the Grosbeaks

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2020 by lilybug1960

The last of the Grosbeaks.
 
They arrived suddenly and departed the same way. Two days ago my teaching partner and friend Cecil Holmes was coming over to do our weekly webinar and shoot in the bird studio. He said I just hope some Rose-breasted Grosbeaks show up. They were here in decent numbers Thursday afternoon, but on Friday morning, this was the lone and last of them still in the area. Luckily Cecil captured some images of the male before he headed north. I look forward to their brief visit this Fall, and know Spring will have arrived when they come next April. Safe travels.
 
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Rose Gold

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Rose Gold.
 
I couldn’t let this one go without posting it. As the sun rises and strikes the trees to my west, it makes the background of the Backyard Bird Studio light up with a golden glow. I think the Rose-breasted Grosbeak knew it needed to pose for me in this perfect light.
 
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The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have arrived

Posted in Bird Photography, Equipment I Use, Favorite Places, Random Thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 26, 2020 by lilybug1960

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have arrived.
 
I actually saw them on Thursday, but none of the males came down to the feeders until Friday, but when they did, they did it in Rosey style! 5 males descended on the feeders at one time, as well as 2 females. It surprised me a little they were pretty comfortable with me on the porch from the beginning. Usually it takes a few visits before they ignore me. I will enjoy their brief time here. Such beautiful birds with huge appetites!
 
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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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