Rosebreasted Grosbeak

by Andrew
(Lexington MA)

A brand new bird arrived on the ground beneath my feeder in Lexington MA, September 20, 2015. Strongly colored wings in black and white, and red patch on the upper chest. A stocky bird, bigger than a sparrow. Quick visit to the books suggests its a redbreasted grosbeak, but I've not seen one before. The black and white on the pictured adult males is unmistakable, I would think; the one I saw maybe was a juvenile, because the red patch on the chest was obvious, akin to dilute ketchup but clearly less vivid then the brilliant red shown in the books.


Interestingly, this bird arrived one day after I had tossed some pumpkin seeds and leftover large seeds (? type) from my local Arabic grocery store. I don't usually have those at my feeder.

Do I have the identification correct.

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Sep 21, 2015
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Rose Breasted Grosbeak NEW
by: John P.

Andrew,

You are very lucky to attract this bird to your feeder.

I have seen them on other people's feeders but have yet to be successful in attracting one onto my feeder.

Only a few other birds like the Cardinal and Northern Oriole rival the Rose Breasted Grosbeak in terms of striking color and beauty!

They are supposed to enjoy black oiler sunflower seeds in a hanging or pole mounted feeder.

Have fun watching them and send some my way to Minnesota next spring!

John - Cottage Grove, MN.

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Love the Grosbeaks! NEW
by: kathy

It sure does sound like you had a visit from the Rosebreasted Grosbeaks! I see them at my feeder (Lima, Ohio) mostly in the Spring and they become more elusive during the summer months. Those different seeds must have been an attraction to them. Hopefully they will return! Enjoy! :)

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