female red breasted grosbeak in prince frederick, maryland, march 6-current (3/17)
by maureen schriber
(prince frederick, maryland)
I usually see these lovely birds (red breasted grosbeak)in early May, but with the mild winter, the last 2 weeks we have been around 70 degrees. I have not seen the male yet, haven't been able to watch as much as I would like though. The female has been around for more than a week. I put a mixed seed on my deck railings and she has no problem with me outside watching her. I have a couple of feeders around the yard too, I was going to fill one but she really didn't want to move so I backed off. I'm glad she gets something to eat, we have been overrun by blackbirds and I wanted to change the seed to all black oil sunflower. I decided to only put that in one feeder, but she is on either, whichever is available. She really caught me by surprise being so early, I caught a glimpse and thought it was a huge sparrow at first, then I recognized her. I hope to see the male soon, maybe he was slow on migration. I found this site trying to figure out if they fly solo or if the female arrives first or what happened to him. Last year I know I had a few males & females around so maybe I just missed him. When I do see him I will write back, they are so beautiful!