Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks Moved to the Neighborhood

by Mary Ellen K. on March 9, 2011

Rose-breasted Grosbeak2

Some years back, I had the pleasure of feeding a male Rose-Breasted Grosbeak from our window birdfeeder. I was delighted in the sight of him because I had never seen a grosbeak that close-up. He was beautiful with his strong beak and distinguishing red triangle on his chest against the black and white of the rest of his body. I started seeing him early in the season (early June). He was always in our feeder. My husband, thinking out loud one day, mentioned that this male could have a nest nearby. Not thinking anymore of this possibility, I continued to see him all summer. He enjoyed the blend of seeds with fruits, nuts and berries and continued to feed out of a frequently replenished window birdfeeder most of the summer.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

In August, I was rewarded with the most memorable sight. The male Rose- Breasted Grosbeak brought his whole family over for a visit. This was the first time I saw the female at our feeder. As usual, the female of the species was not as brilliant in color as the male. Along with them, they brought their 2 youth to feed in our window feeder. Smaller in stature, their young male (with immature rose-breasted markings as his father but very spotted) and immature spotted female joined their parents in the feeder.

wild bird supplies

After doing some research on the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, I realized that my backyard and neighborhood was prime real estate for this species. They breed in deciduous and woodlands that sit on the edge of open areas like gardens and parks. My Northwood’s Wisconsin neighborhood is wooded and sits next to the grounds of our local grade school’s football and soccer fields. Grosbeaks feed off  insects, seeds, fruits and buds. The male makes the nests out of sticks, twigs, grasses, weed stems, dry leaves and the sort. They had everything they needed right in my backyard.

Also See:

  • Backyard Birdfeeding: How to Get Started – Want to start attracting wild birds to your yard but don’t know how to get started? Here are some easy ways to start feeding and enjoying wild birds.
  • Empty Nesters – Story of a captivating mother robin and her four babies.
  • How To Prevent Bird Window Collisions – Do you have wild birds flying into your windows? This tried-and-true method of preventing deadly bird window collisions is simple and inexpensive!

Mary Ellen and her husband have two children and Jager, a lab/husky mix adopted from a local rescue organization. Mary Ellen did not grow up in a household with any pets, but it took only a few months working at Drs. Foster and Smith to make her realize she had to have one. She is a merchandising manager here and holds a BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Marquette University.

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