Monday, April 23, 2012

Rose-breasted Grosbeak in North Georgia Willow Tree

These distinctly marked Rose-breasted Grosbeaks (Pheucticus ludovicianus, alpha banding code RBGR) started showing up somewhere around early 2009. JUST happened to look out the window in time to catch five males eating sunflower seeds on the front walkway one day. At the time I didn't know what they were and actually only saw all five backsides. Had no clue that year of the phenomenal red coloring on their chests.

The one pictured in the images here apparently has been in the yard a good solid week. He's a strangely relaxed little guy in spite of his flyoffs upon my presence. I kept seeing flashes of a white rump and white under the tail as he was exiting Stage Left when I'd poke my head out the window to check on bird feeders. Have seen two now (two days ago). This is THE ABSOLUTE lateness and longest repeated sightings in Spring they've been in my Pickens County yard yet. Every year the pishing gets better and better out there..! :))


  1. Had a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak startle me this morning (Wednesday, 2012.04.25, ~8:00am). First spotted her as just a "lump" of brown sitting on one of the suet feeders.

    She was "frazzled" looking. It was cool out, but I'm hoping the "extra" frazzle I saw had something more to do with nesting. The yard here sits JUST outside the bottom cusp I've seen for their summer range.. WOOHOO :)

  2. we had two in our feeders this morning been here all day I had to look it up to see what species because I have ever seen one I am in north georgia

  3. Two males were at my backyard feeder around April 23 for just over a week.They were gorgeous! I live in Conyers, Georgia.