One of my favorite observations today has been of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. We have 3 males and 1 female hanging around the cabin and surrounding woods right now...I'm sure all 3 males are vying to win her attention and become her mate, but I haven't observed any of the courting behavior yet (click on the link above to learn more). One of the things I really like about these birds is once paired, they are monogamous, and they share in nesting responsibilities (that's my kind of guy!).
The male easily identified by his red breast (you can even tell the males apart by looking closely at the details of the red coloring). When he flies away, you see a little patch of red under his wings too.
Both the male and female have a melodic song (click on the link to listen), which I heard before I knew they had returned for the spring and it caused me to search until I spotted the first male in the trees. It's quite a distinctive sound, and I'm happy to say one that I recognize almost immediately (unlike many others).
I'm looking forward to seeing which of the birds become a pair and then following them (once paired they stick together) to see if I can find their nest. They say the nest is made of twigs and is quite loose, and sometimes you can see the eggs in it if you look up into the bottom of the nest. I would be thrilled!
Do you have Rose-breasted Grosbeaks? Do you enjoy watching and listening to them?
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