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:
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.