Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Somewhere in the yard, a pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks managed to raise a few chicks. They frequented the feeding station. We have a single silo feeder optimized for smaller birds to keep down the numbers of undesirable birds.  A Red-bellied Woodpecker figured figured out how to feed from it as well as our resident Blue Jay. The Common Grackles have no trouble hogging the feeder and will empty it. Our cure for that is to only fill it one third full (or leave it two thirds empty depending if you are an optimist or pessimist). This allows the feeder to empty quickly and the Grackles move on. They gotten the hint and don’t wait around for me to fill it, which I will do twice per day.

Getting back on track, the male had a difficult time figuring out how to feed on the silo designed for smaller birds. After a few weeks, he got the knack Now he’s a pro. They make great neighbors, don’t bully the smaller birds and have a wonderful American Robin like call that is just a little bit sweeter.

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

©2013 Steve Borichevsky

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11 comments:

Roy Norris said...

They are a really colourful bird Steve and make great subjects for your camera.

Kerri Farley said...

LOVE those birds but not one I see very often!!

mick said...

Beautiful coloring on the male bird and great contrast in you photo with the blue sky.

eileeninmd said...

Another one of my favorites, beautiful shots of the Grosbeak!

Margaret Adamson said...

Hi Steve This is a lovely bird and great shots.

Karen said...

Great captures. I only see the male in my yard.

Huldra said...

Beautiful compotion, colors and birds. Thank you for sharing :)

Gary said...

Nice captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Stewart M said...

They really do have big beaks - but what a good looking bird.

Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

Stewart M - Melbourne

Gunilla Bäck said...

Beautiful birds!

Wally Jones said...

Superb photographs! We only get to see these guys during migration. Interesting information on your feeder strategy!

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