Third Year in a Row to See Grosbeaks at My Feeder
In late April and early May I have seen both a male and a female Rose Breasted Grosbeak at my feeders. This year, 2016, I have only seen the male, so far. They are so beautiful but I only see them for a few days and then they vanish.I wonder where they go and why they do not stay for the summer?
I have a wooden platform feeder that my husband made and I keep it full of a mixed seed blend with black sunflower seeds. I have seen them feeding at this feeder. This year I saw the male on my suet cake eating quite a lot of it. I also saw him on a round hanging plastic feeder that I fill with the same seed mixed with a chickadee blend that has a lot of chopped nuts. I also have a birdbath that I keep out all year since it is heated so it won't freeze in winter. I keep it very clean with fresh water daily.
We live near Nockamixon State Park in PA. We have a large wooded area behind our house where I have seen the grosbeaks fly and land on tall trees. I usually see them feed in the late afternoon, but they may come at other times when I am not looking. If anyone knows why they stay such a short time and how I could keep them around longer I would love some suggestions.