The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is hereby dubbed the “Bird of the Week.” I wish these birds were year round residents of Georgia, but we only get them for a short period of time when they are migrating. Right now they are en route to Canada or the Northern United States where they will spend the summer.
The male grosbeak is a striking bird with a bold black and white pattern accentuated with a large splotch of red on his breast. The underside of his wings (which I have not been quick enough to photograph) has a velvety red patch. The female is light brown and off-white, with a slightly speckled breast and a creamy stripe over her eye. If you want to see a picture of a female, check out this post from my blogging buddy, Alan, over at North Florida Friends –
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are stocky birds with sturdy, seed-crushing beaks. I have found them to be gentle and quite approachable.
This fellow (whom I named Darby for reasons that are unknown even to me) has been hanging around my backyard all week. He has feasted on sunflower seeds, fueling up for the journey that awaits him.