Guess who came to our feeder today!
The Rose Breasted Grosbeak! He was a new bird for us, and brightened our day, as well as stopping work so that everyone could get a few photos of this handsome bird. A1 was sad because he couldn’t focus his camera well on the bird, but we were so blessed when he made a second stop at the feeder–and stayed long enough to have his photo shoot!
This was a bird-interrupting day for us. We finally just decided to do some research on the Rose Breasted Grosbeak and learned some neat facts, each boy drew the bird, and we listened to his call and song. We do hope that he will return to our yard and stick around for awhile. These birds do not normally live in Tennessee, except for our little corner, we discovered! So, there is the possibility that he may summer over here instead of move on to the North. We learned that the nests of these birds is very flimsy, and that you can often see the eggs right through the bottom of the nest. But the daddy bird sings a lovely song and does his fair share of the nesting duties. The longest lived Rose Breasted Grosbeaks have lived for over fourteen years! All in all, we were amazed and impressed by this beautiful bird that graced our property.
Other bird visitors included a saucy Blue Jay who also visited our feeder for the first time. He is not a newcomer to the yard, but he has never come up to the feeder before. It was funny because he was so heavy that the feeder spun and spun under his weight. But he seemed to enjoy the sunflower seeds. We’ve had cowbirds frequenting our feeder as well–males and females. I know that these are also not regarded as desirables, but we enjoy any variety of bird that decides to pay us a visit.
A Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher has been a recent addition to our mix, and his happy little nature has been a pleasant change. We also saw the Pileated Woodpecker swooping through the yard, after he interrupted our attempts at study with his loud clucking sound. The usual birds are an everyday treat; we never really get tired of seeing the Chickadees and Tufted Titmice, who are busily building their nests right now. Bluebirds are settling on their nesting sites too, and it looks like they will use the nesting boxes that they used last year, so that is nice, since they will be visible from the kitchen window. We have others, and hope that the Spring migration and Summer months will being more and more fine feathered friends to our feeder.
What birds are you seeing?