The rose breasted grosbeaks are visitors to the garden from May to about October. Both the male and female come to the feeders, snack off berries on the honeysuckle and bring their young to the feeders.
They will visit all the different types of feeders. Here is a female at the coconut feeder that is filled with a mixture of wild bird seed.
This male is at the black oil sunflower feeder and you get a good view of the big beak. The male grosbeak is black, white with red on its breast and is very noticeable at the different feeders. They can be up to 22 cm on length
A young grosbeak snacks on the honeysuckle berries. It can take up to a year for them to attain their adult plumage.
The females and the young are streaked brown and white and their large beaks give them their name. This one enjoys the coconut feeder.
The pair are in the garden frequently, here at different feeders. The nests are made from twigs, leave, grasses and weeds and are usually in bushes or small trees. They don’t use nesting boxes.
The male grosbeak enjoys a variety of feeders. They are a medium sized bird with a thick/stocky beak. As well as seed they eat fruit and insects.
After a summer with us they migrate to Central and South America for the winter.
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