Rose Breasted Grosbeak-Feeding
by Jonathan Goff
(Millville, MA, USA)
Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak on a tube feeder filled with black oil sunflower seed (male Cardinal behind)
One fine day I was in my living room watching TV on the soft couch. During the commercials I checked my feeders outside the large window.
I realized they were almost empty so I re-filled them with black oil sunflower seed and "Kaytee Nut and Fruit Blend".
When I was outside, the clarion whistle of a rose breasted grosbeak filled the air. I scanned the area from which the song as coming from. It stopped.
Now after the re-fill, I went inside to watch TV again. All of a sudden out of the corner of my eye, there was a male rose breasted grosbeak; the first ever at my feeder! He was striking and unmistakable.
The lone bird hopped from branch to branch, finally landing on a wooden hopper feeder filled with the "Kaytee" mix. He then flew a foot onto a tube feeder and ate the black oil sunflower seeds I put out a minute earlier.
Every day I see him now and his mate frequently comes also!