Every year, towards the end of April, I start scanning the backyard treetops, hoping for a visit from a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Needless to say, I was thrilled when this fellow dropped in to say hello.
En route to the northern part of the country, these lovely birds often stop for a brief layover in the Atlanta area to get a little R & R – refueling and refreshing! I try to keep my seed trays piled up with sunflower seeds to entice them to treat my backyard as their temporary bed and breakfast.
The Grosbeak is a rather timid bird and is rarely aggressive or overly assertive. When a bossier bird arrives on the scene (think Red-winged Blackbirds and Blue Jays), these guys tend to retreat to the safety of an overhead branch and wait until the coast is a clearer.
Like many of the backyard birds, the Grosbeaks drop down every now and then for a drink from the fountain.
With their bold colors and curious nature, it’s impossible not to fall in love with these beautiful birds!
I wish they were year round residents, but it is always a pleasure to enjoy their brief visit…
…especially when they are willing to pose for a few photos.