Male and female grosbeaks in our feeders for the first time! April/May 2016

by Jill Meed
(Outskirts Nashville , TN)

Hello. I live just outside of Nashville, TN in a wooded community. Starting the last week in April 2016 I noticed these little birds that were light grayish-brownish with what looked to be black rings around their eyes. I looked them up and found out they were male grosbeaks. They ate my black oil sunflower seeds that I had put on the ground for my ground feeding birds. About a week later, I saw these beautiful male Rosebreasted Grosbeaks in my large, hanging tray feeder, about 6 of them. I keep black oil sunflower seeds in there.

The females decided to join the males in my hanging tray feeders. I have 4 total tray feeders. Two are long and large. They liked those the best. Both male and female all joined together in the feeders pretty much for most of the day, everyday for about 3 weeks.
It's been 3 days now and I haven't seen them around, so maybe they flew on their way to their destination.
I really enjoyed watching them daily.

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