Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)

One of my favorite birds has finally arrived back in our area.  This beautiful Rose-breasted Grosbeak is migrating through on his way to his northern breeding grounds.  Not always easy to spot because of his timid nature, he may remain carefully hidden among foliage before cautiously venturing out to get his fill of black sunflower seeds from the feeders.

“Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are once again migrating through on their journey to their breeding grounds up north.  Like clockwork, they stop over each spring to rest and dine on seeds from the feeders before continuing on their way.

“There is an appointed time for everything.  And there is a time for every event under heaven.”  ~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Passing through

Every spring I look forward to the arrival of the  Rose-breasted Grosbeak as they migrate through our area.  They summer north of us and winter south of us, but during migration, they stop over at our feeders to feast on black sunflower seeds.  The males are black and white with red chevrons, while the females are brown and white with whitish stripes over the eye.  While they are here, they liven up the back yard with their beauty and presence.

“We are all visitors to this time, this place.  We are just passing through.  Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love … and then we return home.”  ~Australian Aboriginal Proverb