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Natural Highlights: Rose-breasted Grosbeak

   

Like an exclamation point at your birdfeeder, the male Rose-breasted Grosbeak's bold black, white and rose red colors are unmistakable.  Females and juveniles are easy to recognize, too, once you know what to look for: dramatic striping on the face, a really big beak, and sometimes beautiful orange yellow color, too.  Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are one of many neotropical migrants which travel through our area during the spring and fall between wintering grounds in Central and South America and nesting grounds farther north.  The wetlands and forests of the Wolf River form part of the immense complex of habitats within the Mississippi Flyway, the largest bird migration route in the country.  Fortunately for us, these stunning birds LOVE sunflower seeds and are easy to attract to birdfeeders.

Learn more about Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at All About Birds.

See the migration at Ebird here.

 

Posted by Cathy Justis at 10:33 PM