by Iris Hunter
(Ontario Canada)

The rose breasted grossbeaks usually arrive about the same time as the orioles in early May. They also will feed from the oriole feeders. I put out half an orange for the orioles and the grossbeaks love them. For some reason I only see them for a few weeks in spring. Can anyone tell me why. I also have shelled sunflower seeds mixed with safflower in my feeder to discourage squirrels.

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Jul 16, 2010
Female Rose breasted grossbeak
by: Anonymous

Can you tell me why I have never seen a Female rose-breasted grosbeak at the feeder? I constantly see 1 male but never a female. I have had him now for at least for 2 years here in Ohio.

The female has not a rose colored feather on her. She is a streaked, brown bird resembling an overgrown sparrow. The female is also busy feeding her brood. Hope that helps. Susan

May 06, 2009
Staying longer
by: cher

The red breasted grosebeak come early May but hang out longer each year this year we had six in our backyard. They seem to like black oiled sunflower seeds and are eating like crazy. I've also seen a female but only one. I also put out a mix of fruit and nuts in a flat dish feeder and they also like this.So I guess the difference in food is what is keeping them around.

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