The prodi-gull son returns

Ok, so this post isn’t about gulls, but it has been a long time since I’ve posted anything.  It’s time to break that streak and report on some new, fun things.  There are a few things that I’ve found, recently, that have really excited me, but the siting that brought me back in is this one:

These birds are new to my yard this year and have been coming back every day, now.  One male and two females.   They’re almost 2 weeks into their visit and all three have been regulars at the feeder.  They’re stocky birds, but a bit flighty.  Cardinals landing on the feeder will usually cause the Grosbeaks to fly back into the trees.

I’m doing everything I can to keep these birds happy and support them this year.  There is at least one report of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks using the same nest in successive years:

Friesen, L.E. et al.  1999.  Nest reuse by Wood Thrushes and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.  Wilson Bulletin 111:  132-133.  

Now, we are at the southern edge of their breeding range (check out the USGS Breeding Bird Survey data) .   There aren’t so many reports of them breeding down here, but- fingers crossed- they’ll be back again next year.  The ‘Prodigrosbeak Returns’ just doesn’t sound quite as good, though.

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About thomasbiology

I'm an Associate Professor of Biology at Queens University of Charlotte with a background in animal behavior with an emphasis in bird song. I've got two secret goals with this blog (well, since I'm sharing them, they're not so secret): 1. To encourage people to look at the natural world around them- not just as a hiking destination, but to notice all the little things moving around them all the time; and 2. To show some of the science that relates to these little things moving around. There's some really fascinating research out there that so few people get to see.
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