My Favorite Migrator

I was getting worried…mildly panicked…okay, slightly distraught. The days of April were disappearing and still no sign of my favorite migrator.  Then, at last, he showed up in all his glory – the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.


Not only that, but he brought two friends with him.  Another male…


…and a female.


I love these birds!  When they first arrive they are a bit shy, but before long they seem to be at ease with my presence.  I think they are smart enough to figure out that I am the one who keep refilling the seed they are gobbling up!


When I am standing out there taking pictures, I think they watch me as much as I am watching them.


At times, the two males have gotten a bit territorial or possessive of the food…


…but mostly they have been quite amiable, even sharing the same branch.  Perhaps they are really just keeping a close eye on one another, each making sure the other isn’t sneaking off alone with the female!


And speaking of the female, she is just too lovely to not include another picture.  I’d say she’s worth a few squabbles!


The Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another one of those birds that simply makes me marvel at what a great artist God must be.



They only stick around for a few days (just long enough for me to get attached!) and then continue on their journey, well-fed and much-loved.




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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24 Responses to My Favorite Migrator

  1. aussiebirder says:

    Beautiful clear photos Kathy, love the colours. These birds male and female look so similar to the Mistletoebird which we see here in summer.

  2. What a lovely post and gorgeous photos. This is my brother’s favorite bird and your photos have inspired more artwork! Thanks for sharing them.

  3. PS God is an astounding artist. I love your comment in that vein. Wonderful!

  4. Beautiful! Now I wonder which one of this menage-a-trois is going to end up with the lovely female. 🙂

  5. kathydoremus says:

    She can’t go wrong…both are quite charming!

  6. Sue says:

    What fantastic photos, Kathy. A wonderful portfoilo.

  7. I was excited because I had the first one arrive here yesterday!!! I couldn’t grab my camera fast enough and I was doing the happy dance!! 🙂 I love them so much, they are so gorgeous!

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  11. ewallie96 says:

    Such sharp, beautiful photos, Kathy!
    I would love to paint a picture of one of your grosbeaks. Would that be all right? The grosbeak around my house is too shy to let me near him for pictures!

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