Layover in Atlanta

Some birds are year round residents in my backyard, others are seasonal guests, and a few simply stop in for a brief layover during their cross country flights.

One of my favorite birds that only lands in Atlanta for a couple of days each year is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  When these guys show up, I drop everything and run for the camera!

This handsome male with his lovely mate (you can see how different their color tones are!) just stopped in to fuel up for the rest of their journey.

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They’ve been playing a bit of hide and seek with me, but I did manage to get a few photos.

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It’s easy to see why I love these beauties!


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 Layover in Atlanta

  1. de Wets Wild says:

    Such a lovely couple, no wonder you go into “paparazzi-mode” Kathy!

  2. Carol says:

    I live in SW Ohio and this is the first year we have noticed these birds at our feeders. The color patterns on the males are gorgeous when sitting still as well as when flying. They’ve been around for about a week so maybe, but I don’t know if they are just passing through or if they will be here all summer. None of the neighbors remember seeing them in these parts before, either, so we’ve been snapping pictures like crazy. However, your photos are head and shoulders above ours. Thanks for showcasing these lovely birds!

  3. All are cute, but the red neck is so pretty! 🙂

  4. Sheila Moss says:

    He’s an extremely handsome fellow. She, a little drab as with so many bird species. Wonder if there are any with beautiful females and drab males?

  5. kathydoremus says:

    None of the females in my yard (that I can think of) outshine the males…guess they left that to us humans! 😉

  6. Jodi says:

    Thanks for feeding them on the way to our house. They stay here all summer. 😍

  7. Kathy, these beauties are exquisite! We hardly ever see them, and when we do, it’s just fleeting like you. Wow, and just in time for DABD May! Gorgeous!

  8. Jill Kuhn says:

    Such amazing colors on the male! These are a rare sight at the lake and I’m always in awe, like you when I see one! They are more brown and orange here. 💕😃

  9. Great photos of some beautiful birds! I wish they would come visit me.

  10. What a precious, beautiful sighting and photos, Kathy! I am so happy you saw them again this year and got to share with us!

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