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!

 

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