Worth The Wait

I’ve been waiting, and watching, and wondering if my favorite migrator, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, was going to pay a visit this year.  Then yesterday morning, I looked out the window and there he was!

I only had a few minutes before I had to leave the house, so I snapped off a few shots with the hopes that he would return later in the day.  Thankfully, he did just that.

Whereas the male Grosbeak is bold and striking…

…his female counterpart, who also made an appearance, tends to be more delicate and demure, both in tones and in temperament.


Isn’t she lovely?

Although she kept her distance while I was outside, he seemed rather curious about me and not the least bit shy.

At one point, I tried to see how close he would let me get, but he didn’t seem the least bit concerned by the lady with the giant lens.  I guess he decided that the hand that is feeding him must be friend and not foe.

Anyway, I wanted to get this close up of his face so that you could see the cool ring around his eye.  It kind of reminded me of a camera.

He has been at the feeders constantly since he arrived, crunching and munching and feasting away with a beak that is built for just such a task.

He is definitely going to be well nourished when he starts the next leg of his journey.

I know he won’t be here long, so I am planning on enjoying every moment of his visit.

And although he arrived later in the season than usual, it was definitely worth the wait!

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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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30 Responses to Worth The Wait

  1. Love the pictures! I had a pair come through last week. They are so pretty.

  2. 1nmbirder says:

    Wonderful photos! A beautiful pair of birds. I have longed to see this species. It was worth the wait for you and it will be for me too someday. Lovely close up photo!

  3. pattyanneart says:

    Beautiful photos!! 💗😀

  4. aussiebirder says:

    What beautiful captures Kathie, that lens is paying off for you, and see how the smaller depth pf field gives a nicely blurred background further highlighting you subject.

  5. Ellen says:

    Benjamin is going to be ecstatic when he sees these Rose-breasted Grosbeaks on Monday. I have never seen this bird before, he is stunning! May I just tell you that your new lens enables you to capture magnificent details…amazing addition. Thank-you so very much for sharing these marvelous photos.

  6. Sharon Mann says:

    What beauties, and I do love the beak of the Grosbeaks. Thank you Donna, my day is starting out right!

  7. Mags says:

    Great pictures of these lovely birds. I was so excited a few years ago the first time they came to my yard. Thank you for sharing these wonderful captures, I have not seen any Grosbeaks as yet this year.

  8. Beautiful photos. Well worth the wait!

  9. Emma Cownie says:

    Such intelligence in those eyes. Lovely birds and fantastic photos. Well done.

  10. lindasschaub says:

    Just gorgeous. I’ve never seen this type of bird before. Love the head tilt photo.

    • kathydoremus says:

      I only get to see them for a couple of days out of the year when they are passing through during migration. They are truly breathtaking.

      • lindasschaub says:

        They sure are with those colors. That’s a shame they don’t linger, but migration trips to the feeder works too. I am enjoying your bird photos and you’ll be sure to get even more with your new lens.

  11. de Wets Wild says:

    Putting your newly toned muscles to great use I see, Kathy! 😀

    Lovely shots of an absolutely beautiful creature.

  12. DailyMusings says:

    How wonderful that Grosbeak is- your shots are awesome!! I saw my first one ever last spring!!

  13. Awesome images, how lucky for you!

  14. They are beautiful! I have had females this year but no males.

  15. Tiny says:

    They are beautiful! I hope they stay for a while.

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