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.
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.
The beak that will crush a million sunflower seed shells.