I have been inspired by several photographers this year. I have begun my journey of learning and photographing my backyard friends. I was amazed at the variety of birds that have pulled up for dinner at the feeders. I hope you will enjoy them as I add them to my other photography. The first one is named the….
Bursting with black, white, and rose-red, male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder or in your binoculars. Females and immatures are streaked brown and white with a bold face pattern and enormous bill. Look for these birds in forest edges and woodlands. Listen, too, for their distinctive voices. They sound like American Robins, but listen for an extra sweetness, as if the bird had operatic training; they also make a sharp chink like the squeak of a sneaker.
These chunky birds use their stout bills to eat seeds, fruit, and insects. They are also frequent visitors to backyard bird feeders, where they eat sunflower seeds with abandon. The sweet, rambling song of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a familiar voice of eastern forests; their sharp “chink” calls are also very distinctive.
- Large songbird with very thick, pale bill
- Black above and white below with white patches on wing
- Bright, rosy pink patch on breast
- Large, stocky songbird with heavy, pale bill
- Brown above with contrasting stripes on head
- Pale underparts with thin, dark streaks on breast
- White wing-bars usually visible