Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pair of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks

The morning after we first saw male rose-breasted grosbeaks at our feeder, I saw a male-female pair there.

The female certainly doesn't much resemble her mate -- only her size, the large pale beak, and some of the wing streaks help to make the identification. I've heard the female grosbeak described as "a sparrow on steroids." The photo below, blown up as it is, may confirm that image.

 We haven't seen either the male or female for the past day, but I do hope we'll see them again.

1 comment:

Jim H. said...

Penny: We also had a male red-breasted grosbeak at our feeder. We probably have had a female, too, but I do not think I'm able (yet) to distinguish her from the sparrows. Would that the squirrels were so colorful.