Monday, May 9, 2016

Looking Out the Window: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Wow, was I excited when I was looking out the window today. Perched on the feeder filled with black-oil sunflower seeds was a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak. He was a new visitor to my feeders and a thrill for me to see. 

I read on All About that he is a large songbird with a very thick, pale triangular bill. 

He has black above and white below with white patches on his wings.

Another identifying marking is the bright, rosy pink patch on the breast. I must say the patch looks pretty red to me. 

Then further down on AAB, I read it is a brilliant red chevron extending from the black throat down the middle of the breast. 

Both sexes show white patches in their wings and tails.

Soon the female grosbeak started visiting the feeders. I took several shots of her not knowing for sure who she was. But a little research let me know her identity.

Thanks for stopping by for another day of Life in Kentucky - Judy.

Linking to:

Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Met Monday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Mosaic Monday @ Lavender Cottage
Show and Share @ Coastal Charm
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods on Monday

Our World @ Our World Tuesday Meme
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life on Tuesday
The Scoop @ StoneGable Blog
You're Gonna Love It Tuesday @ Kathe With an E

Outdoor Wednesday @ A Southern Daydreamer
Wild Bird Wednesday @ Paying Ready Attention Gallery
Nature Notes @ Rambling Woods
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern

Home and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Simple & Sweet Fridays @ Rooted in Thyme 
Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have A Cup of Mrs. Olson
Foodie Friday & Everything Else @ Rattlebridge Farm

Photo Friday @ Pierced Wonderings

Saturday's Critters @ Viewing Nature with Eileen


  1. Those first siteings are such a thrill. Beautiful bird!

  2. You got great shots of both Mr. & Mrs. They are beautiful birds...I am still waiting to see my first painted bunting!
    Have a great week, Judy.

  3. Hi Judy,

    I've meant to visit for a few weeks now, and I keep getting sidetracked. Your bird photography is terrific!! You get many of the same birds we do, like the Downy Woodpecker and the White-Breasted Nuthatch. My neighbor gets Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks at her feeders, but I haven't seen any here. They're really stunning birds, aren't they? It looks like you really enjoy living in Kentucky -- that's great! I've never been there, but would love to go sometime.

    Thanks for sharing the bird pics and have a great week!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  4. Beautiful!
    I will be posting Rose-Breasted Grosbeak for Wild Bird Wednesday, but your photos are much better than mine. Lovely, lovely birds!
    Have a great day!

  5. I grew up in KY and we would watch and identify the birds. There are many beautiful things about KY! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Oh my what amazing shots of this pair. The colors on the male are beautiful and I know he must make a joyful song. Thanks always for sharing the amazing bird show. I think you have more species there that we do here. Keep the bird show coming, can't tell you how much I enjoy………..

  7. I would so love to see this bird ... Wonderful pix are the next best thing. Thank you,

  8. precious creatures and wonderful photo's

    a feast for the eyes

    Have a nice abc-wednes-day / - week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  9. Hello Judy, the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks is beautiful and one of my favorite birds. Great series of photos on the male and female. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  10. Maybe you will be able to have babies visiting the feeders with their parents...Michelle

  11. Hello Judy!:) It's such a pleasure to see the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks again. This is a fairly new bird for me to see, as I first discovered it on Eileens blog, and what a beautiful bird it is, especially the male. It's great that you got both male and female shots, and they are wonderful.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  12. Great photos and interesting text.

  13. Oh what beautiful captures! : ) I too enjoy the birds and critters :)

  14. Judy, I just had a pair of these beautiful birds on my feeder yesterday for the first time ever and had to research them in my bird book! I also thought the breast feathers were extremely red, and the black and white lines were so sharp. Your photos are fabulous. Thanks for sharing them. Linda

  15. We feed the birds too but have never had one of these. SO pretty. You got great shots!!!!

  16. You were so lucky to get those amazing pictures! What gorgeous birds, glad you have newcomers to your feeder. Saw your feature on Savvy Southern Style ...


  17. Pretty birds. I love the red one. He looks like he is looking at you.
    This was fun. Thanks for sharing.

  18. I love grosbeaks and had a few this year visiting the oriole feeder.

    and LivingFromHappiness

  19. Judy, you captured some fabulous photos of the grosbeaks and how fortunate you were in the right place at the right time!