Nature click #222 - Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, male  

It has been an amazing spring for bird photography and right now I’m still in a position to make choices what pictures to publish and which one have to wait or will never be seen by the public eye. So let me start with some photo from earlier this month and finish with a brand new one from today. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak shows up here during the first week in May after a long journey from central or northern South America. Sometimes we see up to eight males in early May and they like our sunflower seed feeders a lot. Usually they stay for a couple days and then move on to Minnesota or Canada.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak, female


However, there is always at least one or two pairs left that will spend the summer here and raise their offspring. I looked in my archive but this is the first female with such a yellow chest. Most often the males get all the attention because of their bold black, white, and red color pattern but I think the females are very pretty as well. The photo of the female was made this morning and maybe we will see a young grosbeak sometime soon…