Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Grosbeak Madness

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have returned to northern Michigan and are regular visitors to the feeder. I should mention that they are there ALL DAY! I don't mind of course. I love them. Even though I will now need to pick up another job to be able to feed them...ha,ha!







The sweet female...








Here's a juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He's still cute even with those spotty feathers.

31 comments:

Janice K said...

Beautiful pictures. I think they have all left here now. I know what you mean about eating. I went through food pretty fast there for a while.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

These pictures are amazing.Perhaps you could get a government grant to help with the feed costs.LOL

holdingmoments said...

They are beauties aren't they.
Such a powerful looking beak too.

Friend of HK said...

Beautiful birds! I wish I could see them in my garden all day!

ChrisJ said...

These are so gorgeous! We don't get them down here and I would love to see one.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, they are gorgeous and one of my favorite birds. Awesome photos.

troutbirder said...

Goregeous photos Shelley. We had quite a few RBG's as well this spring. :)

Amy said...

There has been a couple of those here at my Grama's in Byron, Mi...I have tried several times to get a picture so that I could figure out what kind it was, Thanks for clearing that up for me!

Cathy Clementz said...

We manage to usually have one male and one female. Last year, I think about August, Dan and I were sitting on the deck and we heard this beautiful bird song; we'd never heard it before. We finally located the source and it was a male RB grosbeak. We'd heard them "sing in the spring" but never like that. Nice shots!!

Julie G. said...

Fantastic images of beautiful grosbeaks! I have seen more grosbeaks this year than ever. How wonderful that they spend the day at your feeders. A most lovely sight!

Chris said...

Excellent set of pictures Shelley and I guess you are happy to get so many in your yard ;-) But where are the loon ;-) ?

thesmellofcrayons.com said...

Great photos! I wish we could get these beauties at our feeders. I know they're around, but for some reason we don't see them in our yard. (Rochester Hills)

soggibottom said...

We don't have half of the birds that you do :-) Just seen a comment by Shelley. :-) Ah. thank you. Ames has had a good week... even chased off a fox. Never know with Amie Soto blossom :-) Game ol dear.... :-) x x x got to go, cos going to bed... Ames is being carried up the stairs :-)
Always great to see you... n, young SCOUT and your great bird pics :-)xxx

Daisy said...

Such a pretty bird! Great photos, Shelley! You do such a fantastic job with your photography.

Mildred said...

Your photos are adorable Shelley!

Ginnymo said...

Beautiful close ups! I've only seem them twice. I guess they must have been passing through. They are colorful for sure! Looks like someone splashed paint on them..LOL

Elaine said...

Lovely photos! I wish they would come north. The only Grosbeak we get here is an occasional Pine Grosbeak.

JRandSue said...

Stunning Images Shelley,we were lucky to see them for ourselves,two weeks ago.
I must say your shots are superb.
John.

Frank said...

Super looking species and just as greedy as my visiting Parakeets.

birdchick76 said...

really nice pictures of the rose breasted grosbeaks!! mine seemed to have moved on here in west virginia.

have a great weekend.

Wall-to-wall books said...

They are such stunning birds aren't they.

Samuel said...

Wow I really need to see one. I never see them when they migrate through GA.

Knatolee said...

THey are sooooo pretty! Lovely photos!

KathyB. said...

We have Grosbeak Madness here too, but our feeders are mobbed by Evening & Black Headed Grosbeaks. Now if I could only get pictures even a little bit as good as yours.

Grosbeaks are sure fun to watch !

Patsy said...

That is one beautiful male.

BirdingMaine said...

WOW, wonderful close ups Shelley!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

I would trade my unwelcome visitors of starlings, grackles and blackbirds for your collection of grosbecks.

Kelly said...

...aaaaahhhh...he is cute! I love those spotty baby feathers! :-)

Banjo52 said...

Excellent shots. #2 of male and #3 of female are my favorites.

The Retired One said...

Wonderful wonderful shots of them..I love seeing them show up in the spring and they never stay here long so it is a special treat to get a shot of them!

Knatolee said...

WHat is it with the RB grosbeaks this summer? We've had scads all season; usually they just pass through. They are so gorgeous.