Rainy Spring Morning
(Jasper, GA, USA)
Rose Breasted Grosbeak
I have fed and watched birds at my home for several years now and have never seen these Rose Breasted Grosbeaks. They are very striking birds and I was immediately impressed. I had to get the book out to identify them.
I found out that they are migratory birds and are only passing through our area but we have had them steady at our feeders for almost three weeks now. I have seen as many as ten on our feeders at once. I don't have any idea how long they will stay around but we sure are enjoying them while they are here. They have large appetites though and it’s difficult to keep up with them.
I am particular about what I feed the birds. Seed with too much millet and I get more Brown Headed Cow Birds than I care for. To many fruits and nuts, I get bears. But usually that's what we go for is a good mix of sunflower seed, safflower seed, cracked corn, some dried fruit pieces, and nuts. If we get hit by bears, we usually have to take everything down for a week or two until they move on.