Rose Breasted Grossbeak, Ocean, NJ

by Nancy Noaz
(Ocean, NJ, USA)

Before a small group prayer meeting in May, 2016, a friend looked out the window and asked what kind of bird was sitting on the Red Maple. A Rose Breasted GrosBeak! I haven't seen one in around 40 years! I have since seen the male a few times at the back of the house at the feeders enjoying Sun flower seeds and Woodpecker food. I have not yet seen a female but have heard the songs and hope we get a nesting pair nearby. I haven't been able to get a good picture but hope to some day.

A teacher in a private Christian school I took my family Birding when I was in first grade. My parents became avid birders and every hike and camping trip on the east coast became an opportunity to see beautiful birds. Having lived my adult life with wooded backyard margins has lent me to being able to spot around 45 varieties over the years. Many are no longer around, probably because there has progressively been housing developments in the township over the years and removal of many trees.

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