Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Finch feeder with black oil sunflower

by Jayne
(Sudbury, MA)

We are about 40 minutes west of Boston. This is the first time in the 19 years we've lived here that we've seen one...although we spend more time in our back yard the past 3 years or so than we ever have before, and this is probably the first summer that we've had so many feeders out. He was in our backyard trying to get sunflowers out of the finch feeder. He was too big for the perches and for the holes in the feeder so he wasn't getting very far. We waited til he left and moved a handing platform feeder near him, but he ignored it and went for another hanging feeder for 5 minutes or so.
He didn't sing at all, but did sit in an oak nearby preening. From the oak he flew to a tall hemlock near the feeder as an intermediate stop.
He had a beautiful bright red bib that was pretty long, and wide at the top. He had many patches of white on his wings.
No picture though, too far away for our cameras.

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