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New Bird In Our Yard! - Red Breasted Grosbeak

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Blog entry by mmh posted 05-11-2009 06:06 PM 5545 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a new bird in our yard. A Red Breasted Grosbeak: http://www.birding.com/topbirds/9519rbg.asp . I had seen one several years ago and never knew what it was. Now we have a returning male and hopefully he will have or find a mate and stay in our area. He’s absolutely beautiful!

The usual community of birds includes: Blue Jays, Cardinals, Chickadees, Titmouse, Gold Finch, House Finch, Sparrows, Starlings, Grackles, Crows, Carolina Wren, Broad Tail Hawks (nesting in neighbor’s tree), Robins and Morning Doves. We feed them year round, so they know where to come. I witnessed 3 blue jays dive towards the feeder like heat seeking missiles. Very impressive flight formation.

The hawk steals the babies of the neighborhood nests and the blue jays are mimicking their call to scare away the competition for the seeds.

I have yet to see the hummingbirds return. This strange weather may be pushing them elsewhere. I hope they are not perishing in their migration.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.



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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-11-2009 06:10 PM

how wonderful
we had one several years in a row but not last year. We missed it :(

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-11-2009 10:38 PM

We had one in our feeder a couple of days ago, but I haven’t seen him since :(

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mario1360

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posted 05-11-2009 10:57 PM

we onced had 2 families and it was amazing to see them all feed together….never saw one again….

-- south shore montreal, zone 5a, whish it was 9

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Iris43

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posted 05-12-2009 04:06 AM

I know your excitement, mmh. The grosbeaks have been coming to my feeders for several years now, and they are definately one of my favorite birds. Many of my neighbours feed the birds so they are well taken care of in this area and seem to feel safe enough to nest and raise families here. I hope you won’t feel like I am ambushing your topic, but I have to show you some pix I took yesterday. My twin g’daughters gave my this special bird waterer for Mother’s Day. I had never seen one like it, but within a half hour the birds were using it, I got these pix.

Mr.—
rose-breasted grosbeak

Mrs.—
Mrs. rose-breasted grosbeak

Mr. and a friend—
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GrandmaT

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posted 05-12-2009 04:11 AM

Awesome pics Iris!!!

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posted 05-12-2009 04:19 AM

Thanks GranT. I was so excited and pleased to see the birds use their new waterer. I had to take a picture and send it to my g’daughters.

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-12-2009 04:19 AM

Nice photos! I’m glad you shared them. The male grosbeak is so pretty, it’s hard to believe that red heart patch is natural. Is the bird on the blue roofed feeder a female grosbeak? I haven’t spotted a female yet.

That is a nice water feeder. I like the large platform and it’s up high and safe from predators.

I have two cats and when I let them outside I always whistle to the wildlife and yell “Run for your lives!” Just in case someone is unaware of them coming outside, since we feed squirrels, possum and raccoon and there are peanuts all over the place.

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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posted 05-12-2009 04:48 AM

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Sweet…........................and the Yellow Breasted Grosbeak isnt far behind

-- just one more rock, and the garden is done ; )

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posted 05-12-2009 04:50 AM

Mmh, yes that is the female grosbeak in the second picture. She doesn’t look anything like him, except the beak. :-) Neither bird is easily frightened. They will often sit at the feeder and let me get quite close bf they fly.
I’m glad you’re not offended that I used your post to share these pics…....I just get carried away when I see these birds. They are so pretty!

-- 'To plant a Garden is to believe in Tomorrow'

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posted 05-12-2009 12:15 PM

great pix.
I hadn’t seen a water-er like that either. Interesting.

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Bon

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posted 05-12-2009 03:43 PM

Nice pics Iris.Love those birds.You are so lucky.I hope the one that came here last year returns.It was a real treat for me to see him.Neat waterer too.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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posted 05-07-2011 12:33 AM

I had two pairs at feeder in mississauga this pm..

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-07-2011 12:55 AM

2 pair – how wonderful!!

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-07-2011 02:22 AM

Here’s my offering for today

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MsDebbieP

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posted 05-07-2011 11:50 AM

coming and going; yin and yang; beautiful and beautiful :D

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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posted 05-07-2011 06:57 PM

I’m glad to hear that others are able to enjoy these birds in their yards. The male’s red patch is so beautiful and I only wish we had more sightings of these birds. My husband has yet to see one, so maybe this year we will be fortunate.

Keep posting your photos and sharing your sightings!

-- A weed is a plant that is growing where it was not purposefully placed by human hands.

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