My webpage (inc. awards, upcoming events, etc.)

Monday, April 20, 2009

Another Avian Arrival

I was delighted today to see a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks out back. They first showed up last year, but only stayed for a couple of days, so I didn't get good photos of them. Here's hoping they'll stick around longer this time around!




Update, later this afternoon; 3 male rose-breasted grosbeaks out back (our current record.)



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In other news, there's a 2nd pair of brown-headed cowbirds here this afternoon, as well (unfortunately.) Here's a picture of a male displaying for a female's attention;

16 comments:

debra said...

We've had rose breasted grosbeaks at our feeders intermittently. It's always such a treat. We're getting quite a few birds now--both those who wintered over and those who are back.

Travis said...

They sure do know where to find the good stuff!

Christina said...

I saw the most beautiful birds in Arizona and thought of you. Mostly I thought, "I bet Lana would know what type of birds these are." I also thought that this must be how you felt living around so much wild life. There were so many birds out in Scottsdale. I couldn't believe it. I love your pictures, but I'm not quick enough to capture any of my own.

Doson said...

aww.. that red neck bird is absolutely sweet and very gorgeous :D

Bird said...

Those grosbeaks are beautiful birds! I guess spring migration is in full swing for you over there, It's pretty exciting here too :D

Tom said...

Lana- Very nice. I'd consider myself lucky to have rose breasted grosbeaks show up here this summer, but I can certainly dream. I'm glad you were were able to see them and get some great images.

Tom

Dave Coulter said...

Cool. I saw some cowbirds acting up over the weekend :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I saw two of the males this evening when I got home. Gorgeous birds.

Rob said...

I have a couple of Grosbeaks here, as well. Love them.

natural said...

rose-breasted grosbeaks - that's a beautiful bird and it has 3 of my favorite colors. red, white and black.

Drowsey Monkey said...

Wow - your yard is totally the happening place for birds! Even kind of a pick-up joint as seen in that last photo - lol.

Lana Gramlich said...

debra; Our Wintering visitors are all gone now & many of the recent, migratory visitors will be gone soon, too. Next up; fledglings in June/July!

Travis; You said it!

Christina; Although I've long studied birds, I've never lived "out west," so I admit to a scarcity of information in that area, unfortunately.
It's always nice having birds around, of course. They are a priceless joy of nature to see & hear.
Photographing wild birds can certainly be difficult, which is why I love taking pictures at my feeders! ;) Thanks for the kind comments.

Skippy; Yes, the rose-breasted grosbeaks are lovely. Unfortunately they'll be gone soon, but at least I got some good shots of them this year!

Bird; Yep. The end of the 1st week of April is the start of the high point of the local migration. I've been spending lots of time on the deck w/our binoculars!

Tom; Thank you! I hope you get some up your way, too. :)

Dave; Even though they're brood parasites, I have to say that the irridescence of the male cowbirds is still lovely!

Charles; Not as gorgeous as YOU. ;)

Rob; I saw them on your blog--awesome!

NW; They're so striking, y'know?

Drowsey; Oh yes, our yard is bird central for the area, I'm sure. And right now it's a bit of a Mustang Ranch, too. *L*

Miladysa said...

Lana you should win awards for these photographs - superb!

Thank you so much for sharing them - I would probably never see birds like these if it was not for your blog.

Lana Gramlich said...

Miladysa; You're too kind. I'm glad you enjoy the view from this side of the pond! :)

Larry said...

Great birds to have at your feeder! I put a platform feeder out ust to attract birds like that.One day a RB Grosbeak landed on the tray nd ate the last seed that was left-then flew away never to be seen again.

Lana Gramlich said...

Larry; We had one pair here like that last year. They were here so fleetingly that I wasn't able to get any good pictures. I'm glad to see more (& closer,) this time around!

Related Posts with Thumbnails