Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Hurry Grosbeaks!

If I keep a green bough in my heart, the singing bird will come.”

- Chinese Proverb





A sure sign of spring in northern Michigan is the return of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. They are one of my favorite bird visitors with their cheerful songs and large clown beaks. The female is more of a drab brown but still has such a sweet face.

27 comments:

Country Girl said...

Oh, what lovely photographs you take! I've never seen this bird before.

bennie and patsy said...

I have only see this bird one time. It was lovely to look at.
Patsy

Cedar ... said...

We don't have them here in the Adirondacks, well, at least I've never seen one. What a beautiful bird!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I've never seen one, Shelley.. What a pretty bird---and quite unique...

Hugs,
Betsy

Mildred said...

What a beauty she is! Hope you have a wonderful Easter holiday.

Tricia said...

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Femin Susan said...

It is my first time in your blog. I love the beginning picture immmensely.
And all your shots are great.
cheers!

Leedra said...

The wind must be blowing there like it is here.

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KathyB. said...

THAT is a beautiful photo ! We get the Evening and Black Headed Grosbeaks here and they are at our feeders all year round. The Rose Breasted is beautiful!

Darla said...

What a great photo, I sure hope that is a sign of Spring. Hopefully last night was our last taste of winter here.

Dawnie said...

I dont remember seeing this bird either, but i sure like it. I will have to keep a good look out.

itsJUSTme-wendy said...

Awww! I love that picture!
I do get them once in a while here. Not very often though. I would love to have the kids I watch get to see one. Can you tell yours where I live?

Busy Bee Suz said...

What a cutie PIE!!!! Sweet tweet.

The Retired One said...

What a gorgeous shot of him with his feathers all blowing in the wind!!!

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Willard said...

A dramatic, beautiful photograph!

Tina said...

..and you caught her in all her glory! Wow what a great photo..you chose the perfect time to snap her pic..that lighting is wonderful..not to mention all those wonderful bright colors!
Welcome spring!!

John Long said...

just passing through decided to say hello, must say love the picture of the common redpool.

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Quite the shot and quite the sign. I've heard the name, but now I've finally seen the bird. I probably would have missed it (fortunately I live in a place where the birds are really big -- in Florida: the wading birds)!

Femin Susan said...

That is surely a gorgeous bird.

thanks for stopping by my blog and your kind comment feel free to visit again.
Cheers!

Bill said...

Shelly, That is a great pic of the Grosbeak. We haven't seen any yet at out place, but they will come. We always seem to have a couple of nesting pairs.

Bill

Shellmo said...

Country Girl - thank you! This is one of my faves!

Benny & Patsy - I hope you see more!

Cedar - I checked the cornell map - looks like they head your way in the summer!

Betsy - they are also somewhat tame - will eat at the feeder w/ you standing right there.

Mildred - I hope you have an equally wonderful Easter!

Tricia - you are so nice!! Thank you!

Femin - thank you! So glad you stopped by!! :-)

Leedra - I will take the wind over snow! :0

Kathy B - I love those Evening Grosbeaks too!

Darla - The snow is starting to melt some more. By the way - I started some seedlings indoors - you'd be proud! :-)

Dawnie - they love sunflower seeds!

Wendy - I'll send some of mine over for a vist!

Busy Bee - Sweet Tweet is now stuck in my head and I may have to borrow that phrase! LOL!!

Retired One - thank you!

Willard - Thanks! Looking forward to getting more shots of them this summer along w/ my precious loons.

Tina - thank you! I think since they're so colorful & beautiful - its hard to take a bad pic of them - lol!

John - thank you and glad you came by!

Robert - I hope to go birding in Florida soon!

Bill - we had a gang of them last year and hope to again this year. I know you & Denise get great birds at your place!

Naturegirl said...

Stunning! The colors on this one little bird! Stunning!!

Sue said...

Your photographs are all beautiful. I can only imagine your collection of camera and lenses.

2sweetnsaxy said...

Wow, what a magnificent shot! Never seen one of these. This is a great pose with it's ruffled feathers.

Tricia said...

Happy Happy Easter!!!

Aunt "B's" Backyard said...

That is just too much...adorable!!
Wonderful shot!

Knatolee said...

I adore these birds. They visit us from time to time. Love this photo, and the whacky "hair-do!"