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Friday, May 2, 2008

New Bird Sighting!

Today this male rose-breasted grosbeak visited our feeders (click for larger view.) This is my first sighting of this bird in my lifetime & I'm delighted that it was in my own backyard. Hopefully it will return, in which case I'll try to get a better/closer picture.


Larry said...

I'm sure that must have been a very exciting bird for you to see!
I was thrilled when I saw a Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the first time! Congratulations is in order!

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; Thanks. :) Whenever I see a "new" bird, I feel like a kid on Xmas, y'know?

Chris said...

Cool find! And he was so nice to pose for a picture! I only saw a rose-breasted one time years ago by my house but never again.

laughingwolf said...

nicely done, lana... i'm a huge critter fan, too :)

Lana Gramlich said...

Laughingwolf; Thanks. I was about to get a better picture when something startled the bird out to this tree. I hope he ret'ns for a better shot.
Nature rocks (pardon the pun.)

Charles Gramlich said...

The bird's OK and all but not as purty as you.

Travis Erwin said...

I see lots of interesting birds along the creek by my house but sadly I have no way of knowing what they actually are called. IS there a book you recommends for a novice bird spotter?

Lana Gramlich said...

Chris; (Blogger ate my earlier response to your comment...Stupid Blogger!) Unfortunately they just migrate through our area, but fortunately we're on the Mississippi flyway, so although we don't get some birds for very long, at least we're virtually assured to get a decent variety.
Perhaps you can look into what they like to eat, in particular, & see if you can't coax them back to your yard.

Charles; Nor is he as handsome as you.

Travis; The one I started with as a kid (that we still have, today,) is the Golden Guide; "Birds". It's a decent enough reference for starters, with a little bit of everything in it. It may be too beginner though, really.
This winter Charles bought me the Smithsonian; Birds of North America which seems to have anything & everything in it. Although uber-awesome, this huge, heavy & expensive book is NOT a portable field guide so much as a home reference.
These days I rely mostly on "The Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Birds; Eastern Region," which gives good bang for the buck. It has quality photos of a wide variety of birds & a decent amount of information on each bird. The "eastern region" covers everything east of the Rockies, so it should work for you, too.

laughingwolf said...

dang google ate my post grrrrrrrrrr

great pic, lana... need tele lenses?

Lana Gramlich said...

laughingwolf; I'd like to get into digiscoping at some point, yes.

liz said...

Congratulations on your sighting, Lana. I have a family of RB Grossbeaks visiting every summer. The female, in contrast to the male, is white with brown stripes...I'm sure she'll be appearing soon as well!

Travis said...

How cool to see something you haven't before. We've got all kinds of birds in the trees behind the condo...I should start paying better attention.

Mr Tucker has it covered, but he has trouble with the camera because he doesn't have any thumbs.

Lana Gramlich said...

Liz; There's been no more sign of either of them (yet,) unfortunately. They aren't natives here, though. They just migrate on through.

Travis; *LOL @ Mr Tucker.* He'd be dangerous if he had thumbs!
I always love seeing "new" birds. I get so excited--perhaps I'm not getting out enough. *L*

The Zen Birdfeeder said...

Congrats on your rose-breasted! Pretty pretty birds!

Greg said...

Oh, I can so relate to that kid on Christmas feeling when I spot someone new in the treetops or by the birdbath.

I remember working out in the yard last summer, enjoying the sounds of all the familiar treetop residents going about their business, when a new song tickled my ear.

I looked up and had *my* first introduction to the rose-breasted grosbeak. They are so beautiful, especially the male with that hot-pink Superman emblem on his chest. He hung around for most of the summer, I'm happy to say.

I hope I'll spy one at our new location in the coming season.

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