Juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeak

by John Briggs on September 24, 2010

in Bird Photographs, Blog, Maine Birds, Wildlife

This beautiful juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak visited our feeder this morning just after a heavy rain. It’s nothing fancy, it is sitting on a platform feeder. But it’s a rare sight to see these birds pass through our backyard, and when they do, it’s a brief visit during spring or fall migration. This is the first juvenile that I have recorded in our backyard.

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Click thumbnail for larger view

These are not the best photos I have ever taken. It was cloudy and I was unsteady as I hung out our bedroom window to photograph this young fella. But they are good enough to record an uncommon sight in our yard and a first ever juvenile since we have lived here. When Sharon and I lived in Pennsylvania, we saw these birds every day and had them breeding on our property every year. You grow fond of such a beautiful bird and miss them when you move away, kind of like missing your friends and family.

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Click thumbnail for larger view

The beak that will crush a million sunflower seed shells.

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Juvenile, male Rose-breasted Grosbeak | Click thumbnail for larger view

Happy birding!



Kerri September 24, 2010 at 11:01 am

FANTASTIC! I have only seen these a very few times around here.
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Kelly September 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm

…you're lucky he dropped in. We haven't had one in our yard yet, but I keep waiting and watching! We had Catbirds this summer for the first time ever and Cedar Waxwings too, so things are looking up!
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Marty September 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm

I never see them either. Nice photo.

Sharon September 25, 2010 at 12:34 pm

He's a rather motley looking fella isn't he! Someday he'll grow into his gorgeous feathers. I worked at a house earlier this summer that had 2 pairs of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Lucky lady she was!

I agree with your random thought. Unfortunately I think a lot of kids who go to college right after graduation aren't ready. They're to immature. We're concerned about that very thing with our daughter. We're pushing for a gap year but she's afraid if she doesn't go right away she'll never go.

Robin Robinson September 25, 2010 at 3:52 pm

Nice get, John. Looks like salt and peppa'!
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nobbiecat September 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Great post and Photos, John.
You get some great migrants

Kimberley W. September 29, 2010 at 9:17 pm

Wow! I'd love to see one of these one day, soon. Splendid photos, John!

@Aquapunct February 15, 2011 at 10:47 am

Living here in Bethlehem, PA, I rarely see them except during migrations, and I live in a semi-rural area on the side of a small mountain. It is impressive that they intimidate even Northern Cardinals with that beak!

Lassie June 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

Hi, nice pictures! I came here looking for a picture of what I thought was a juvenile male, but I think we have a young female now in addition to the two mature pairs that come to our window feeder. ( One male is tall and skinny, the other is definitely short and rounder.) We are in central NY and have been buying black oil sunflower seed for years now, attracting rose breasted grosbeaks and flocks of cardinals. Wonderful sights to see!

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