We had an exciting surprise at the feeder this weekend when our daughter-in-law, Danielle, caught sight of an unusual bird. Tim had his pocket camera nearby and took a few pics through the kitchen window.
Though all photos show the bird on his own, he mixed well with a number of other species, including woodpeckers, cardinals, wrens, and finches, and took a turn at both the black oil sunflower seed and the safflower seed before leaving the feast.
With a quick swivel, our mystery man revealed his identity. The distinguished Mr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak, migrating from his winter vacation spot in Central or South America to his summer breading ground in the eastern woodlands, from northern Georgia into Canada, had dropped by for dinner.
This is the first time we have seen this species in our Upstate garden, but we hope it’s not the last! To learn more about this handsome fellow and to hear his song, visit the web page provided by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, found here on All About Birds.