My exquisite Rose Breasted Grosbeak

by Linda Gardner
(Wesley Chapel, FL)

He has taken my breath away! I have a metal feeder (vermin proof) right outside my office, less than a foot from my window at home. We have 15th generation Cardinals, Crested Tit Mouse and Carolina Chicadees, who love to hang (literally) out together. It sometimes looks like Grand Central Station at my feeder!

On April 23rd, 2012 I looked up from my computer to see the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. I grabbed my bird book and ran my fingers through the pages as fast as I could...there it was, a Rose Breasted Grosebeak. I looked at his place of origin and realized he was migrationg back to somewhere in the north central states from Central or South America. I have been sitting and watching this feeder for 16 years and have never seen anything like him, he is truly the most beautiful bird I have ever seen. You can walk right up to the window just a few feet away from him and he is not intimidated at all, very engaging and confident. I have a shepard's hook next to the feeder with a Boston Fern hanging from it and he first perches on top of the hook and just sits for a while, moves himself down the pole of the hook and then jumps into the feeder. It has taken him a while to learn how to position himself on the ledge of the feeder without slipping but he is a master stratagist. The Cardinals haven't come near the feeder for two days now, since he has been here, but I have another feeder in the back yard and they are visiting that. The Tit Mouse and Chickadees don't mind his presence, and really don't pay him any attention. I live in Wesley Chapel, Fl, east of Tampa. I am so blessed to be honored by his visit.

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