Third Year in a Row to See Grosbeaks at My Feeder

by Laura
(PA)

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.

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May 21, 2016
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Update on Grosbeaks Seen Beginning of May, 2016 NEW
by: Laura

I am writing again to say that I still have the Rose Breasted Grosbeaks visiting my feeders here in Bucks County, PA. I originally saw them at the end of April and early May, 2016. I wrote to this site to ask where they go, since they only stay here for a few days. This year, that has changed and they are still here on May 21st! I see the males only (maybe the females are here, but I do not recognize or notice them)several time a day, usually in the morning and than again later in the afternoon. They love to eat from the round plastic feeder hanging from a tall locust tree in our back yard. I have seen as many as 4 males in the tree. I also observed them feeding on the ground underneath another feeder. I look for and see them each day and am very excited about having them! Needless to say, I keep my feeders full at all times, adding seed up to 3 times a day. We also have a birdbath and a fountain for water. I think they enjoy the Lyric fruit and nut mix which I add to another mixed seed. They seem to be a bit shy around other birds, and wait up in the tree until the feeders are not too busy. It is my hope that they have decided to nest and raise their young here since the conditions are good. We have eleven acres and are next to a state park. So fingers crossed that they stay and we soon have even more grosbeaks!

Apr 30, 2016
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third year in a row to see grosbeaks at my feeder NEW
by: Brook


This time of year and in the Fall they are migrating to their nesting sites and they stop in to visit you and rejuvenate themselves for the rest of their journey. You should see them again in the Fall on their way South to their wintering grounds.


a link to information on the rose-breasted grosbeak:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rose-breasted_grosbeak/lifehistory

Apr 30, 2016
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Migratory visitors NEW
by: Anonymous

Our Grosbeaks only stay a few days. I know, so exciting then so disappointing when they leave. I believe they are just stopping through en route of their migration.

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