5/3/2014 male Grosbeak at our suet feeder!
Wow, I was thrilled to see the beautiful bird with the really white chest and the really black back and head with white areas on the back. Then he turned and I could see his rose bib. Oh my. He had landed on our sued feeder which was about 99% empty. He stretched to get suet from the small area that was left. He did not seem inclined to leave. :) We were about to leave the house to run errands and I told my husband that he HAD to replace the suet before we left as we have red-bellied woodpeckers and downy woodpeckers that come to eat and take some suet back to their young (I'm pretty sure).
Dear husband went out and the Grosbeak didn't leave until he got fairly close to the feeder. It wasn't too much later before he was back in the pouring rain. Then he came to check out the small feeder we have right on the covered patio where we have some seed and some peanuts for the cardinals and chickadees.
We live in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio on the far western edge of Cuyahoga County. The suet has pieces of cherry in it. It did not last long at all. The birds went through it like Sherman through Georgia!