Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, May 11, 2016

ABC Wednesday and Wild Bird Wednesday
R is for Rose-Breasted Grosbeak
Male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Prentiss County, Mississippi, USA, April 28, 2016
With his rose-red breast and heavy bill, the male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus, is easy to identify. They winter in Central America, and breed in the northern United States and Canada. On the way they stop at our feeders for Black-Oil Sunflower Seed. Their natural diet consists of insects, seeds, and berries.

Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, Lee County, Mississippi, USA, May 7, 2016
The female might be mistaken for a Sparrow until one notices her stout bill and her size (larger than a Sparrow). She may lay 3 to 5 eggs in her nest, and both parents incubate the eggs and feed the nestlings.

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  1. I've always enjoyed Grosbeaks.

  2. Great posture by the grosbeak and the sparrow is simply cute.

  3. Hello, great shots of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. They were one of the birds that sparked my interest in birding. Have a happy Wednesday!

  4. The grosbeak is a beauty. I photographed quite a few at the feeder in Boquete, Panama.

  5. Interesting bird. Great shots!

  6. wow, lovely creatures and photos

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ <abc-w-team)

  7. a beautiful couple. I think the female is very cute :)

  8. Gorgeous photos of beautiful 'feathered friends'!

    Happy Week to you ~ ^_^

  9. I always love seeing the males and the females are easy to misidentify!

  10. Love the beautiful Grosbeak male and yes, I had trouble identifying the female. Took me a few days to figure out who she was.

  11. I don't think we have those here in SE Nebraska. They are beauties. We do have a number of birds in the neighborhood, though, and it's been fun being out there hearing them.


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