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Friday, May 9, 2014

Photo Share: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This is the Bird of the Day! I have never seen a bird like this around here. I looked it up and it is a Rose Breasted Grosbeak. Are these birds usually found in Northeastern Ohio? I am sharing the pictures I got of it before it flew away. It was exciting to see this beautiful bird in my backyard. I wish it would come back. Sincerely, Rosealee in North Canton, Ohio
Traditionally a bird that summers in Canada and the northern U.S., the Rose-breasted grosbeaks have experienced a range expansion. In the mid-1930s they were rarely seen nesting in Ohio. However, Rose-breasteds became widespread residents in Ohio by the 1980s.

They prefer young deciduous woodlands with an open canopy, overgrown field edges, old pastures, shrubby roads, railroad rights-of-way, parks, or older residential areas.

At the feeders, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks like sunflower and safflower seeds and nuts. So even if you live outside their nesting territory you may still catch one visiting during spring or fall migration if you keep your feeders stocked.

You can view the range map at: http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/rose-breasted_grosbeak/id


Mari said...

I just found a pair of these at my feeder yesterday. We didn't know what they were and upon doing a search, I found your pictures. I didn't want to get close enough to get a picture in fear of them flying away. They were here again today. We have several old oaks and I hope they hang around. Absolutely beautiful. Oh, by the way, we are your neighbors and live near Ravenna/Kent Ohio.

Drabarni said...

There was one on my feeder today (5-6-15)in Florida. So beautiful! Never saw one before and at first thought it was one of the woodpeckers. All of the Cardinals and other assorted birds stayed away while it fed.