This summer I have been well entertained by a family of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Grosbeaks have consistently visited the feeders each spring, but this is the first year RBGRs have raised young in my yard.
|This juvenile had darker marking on the back.|
The youngsters have a peachy wash about the chest. This one was marked more heavily than others I have seen. He also shows a large amount of red under those stubby wings. It appears to be a young male. Don't be fooled by the eyeline, as he will lose it next year.
|The adult male grosbeak has been bringing the young to the feeder.|
|This one seems to be the dominate male.|
|One of the brothers|
This family appears to be comprised of three active males and one female. I have seen three different fledglings. It has been interesting to watch and sort out the family members, by their varied coloration. It is certainly easier to keep track these individuals, compared to most bird groupings that come to the feeders.
I often have several Northern Cardinals or Blue Jays in the area, but I have never been able to sort them as individuals, other than ones that exhibit repetitive behaviors.
It has been a big thrill to host a grosbeak family in our yard. But it has certainly kept me engaged in peeking out the window for extended hours. You know, this fall I am gonna miss those birdies when they are gone!