Guess Who Came to Dinner?

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.

Who are you?

Who are you?

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.

Short neck, chunky body, sleek black and white  feathers...

Short neck, chunky body, sleek black and white feathers…

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.

A brilliant red chevron below his black neck identifies Mr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

A brilliant red chevron below his black neck identifies Mr. Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

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.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

18 thoughts on “Guess Who Came to Dinner?

  1. Martha Robinson

    A friend in the Banner Elk area told me just yesterday that they had one at their bird feeder. I have not seen one here yet.

  2. Debra Strange

    Hi Marian! We too, have seen these beauties in Easley at our feeder. We don’t seem to keep them all summer, but they do pass through on a regular basis.

    1. Marian St.Clair Post author

      Chloris–He was really quite stunning. I was watching a little Hairy woodpecker when Mr. Grosbeak arrived and didn’t see him until Danielle pointed him out.

  3. Evelyn JW

    I have seen them here as well, passing through. It is always thrilling to see an unusual bird. I kept a running list for awhile here and have had 25 different species visit.

  4. Barbara Wilder

    It’s always so lovely when guests arrive wearing their finest feather. I have seen a Rose breasted Grosbeak in Greer twice, both times after a strong storm. Wish we were in their usual migratory pattern.


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