Rose-breasted Grosbeak


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.



About kathydoremus

Wife, mother, daughter, and friend. One who dabbles in writing, thinks in rhyme, and is utterly unable to escape the allure of alliteration:) Amateur nature photographer. A backyard bird watcher, a hiker of non-strenuous trails to waterfalls, and a fan of Atlanta sports teams. Driver of an orange Jeep Renegade who goes by the name of Earl. One who is nourished by silence, solitude, and a good cup of coffee. A lover of God’s Word and the riches that are hidden there. An extremely ordinary jar of clay who longs to see and be satisfied by the glory of God, and to somehow display that in my everyday life.
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15 Responses to Rose-breasted Grosbeak

  1. Very nice photos of such a beautiful bird. I have enjoyed them in North Florida this week also. We just have the two pairs and I hope they hang around for a while.


  2. Lisa says:

    Great read and info..not to mention great photos,Kathy!! 😊

  3. Kathy,

    I have noticed how aggressive the Mockingbird’s are to the Male Grosbeaks. They chase them away from the feeders quite often. I know they are very territorial birds but they don’t chase the other birds the same way. Maybe they are jealous of these pretty birds, or they don’t like newcomers.


    • kathydoremus says:

      At my house it’s the robins chasing the bluebirds!

      • I guess the birds have their reasons for what they do. The Mockingbirds are the bullies this week. The woodpeckers will also try and chase some of the other birds off of the feeders at times. I didn’t see as many robins this winter, and they have all left North Florida as far as I can tell.


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  5. Lois says:

    Just had a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak at my feeder…the Blue Jays chased it away but was great to see it!

  6. Lois says:

    Oops! Im near Ithaca NY .

  7. Cheryl Zimmerman says:

    I saw an unusual bird at my suet feeder this morning and looked in my bird book but could not find it. I googled it, and I think it’s a Rose Crested Grosbeak. I have never seen one before and it was beautiful.

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