Sunday, April 27, 2008

First Sighting of this Beauty..

You know how some 'bloggers' have a signature bird, like the
Bluebird, or the Sandpiper?? Well I guess mine would be
the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. It is a big highlight when I
catch a glimpse of the first one in Spring. The male is such
a beauty and looks so good on the feeder. I especially like him
in front of the lilacs. They aren't quite 'out' yet, but still
makes for a striking photo.

I was doing yard work Saturday when I saw him come to the
feeder...Of course the camera was nearby.

I knew he was about somewhere because earlier in the
morning I had seen Mrs. out back on the feeder trying
to hide from me.

These two look young. I had several pairs last year and
they brought the babies to the feeders after fledging.
Never found the nest.
This guy is early according my photographs from years past.
The Lilacs aren't even in bloom yet.
I took this picture on May 5, 2005

Taken on May 6, 2005... called this one Double Trouble.

May 4, 2007.

And this one was May 6, 2006.

When I first started to document these birds I didn't think the
female was much to look at, but over the years I have come
to appreciate her beauty as well as his. She just isn't as
'oh wow' striking as he is.

Another day or so and the Lilac will open and begin to
release that wonderful fragrance that fills the air
in the evening as I sit on my deck.

Continued from 'The Best Day of My Life"
After my American Kestrel adventure, I went to dinner
at a local restaurant. I took the camera inside with me so
I could review the pictures with my brother,
He looks up and exclaims"hey! look at that!"
A Red-tailed Hawk went gliding by the window.
I grabbed the camera and run over in between
evening diners having their fish, and steak dinners to the
windows and started snapping away.

He landed on some big lights that illuminate the parking lot.

I had very few seconds to get my shots as he had his eye on
something in a ditch beyond the blacktop.

And then he was gone out of my sight, and I apologized
to the three tables I had interrupted and showed them
the digital pictures I had taken. They all seemed to be
ok with it. And one guy knew it was a Redtail
so he was into it.

Stay tuned for more on the "Best Day of my Life" series.


Bird Girl said...

Such beautiful grosbeak pictures - I bird that I only ever got ONE time! You sure do a nice job with him and her...I think she is gorgeous as females go - haha.
I bet there was some gossip going on with the diners that night! Not your usual...haha! Funny story!

The Birdlady said...

That's exciting - the red-breasted grosbeaks are so beautiful!

Jotter Jan said...

Gorgeous Grosbeak pictures!!!

Jotter Jan said...

The Hawk story made me laugh out loud...sounds like something I would do. haha Nice shots!

Stacey Huston said...

LOL I think the grosbeak is Stunning, but not a real ring to the name.. I would stick with jalynn..
The raptors are a feeding their babies and all caution has been thrown to the wind.. Beautiful thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I am still waiting on the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks to make their appearance here. I was fortunate last year when about 4 pairs showed up and hung around a week or two.

Your photograph is excellent. I hope you know that.

Sandpiper said...

Wow, beautiful pictures!! The RB Grosbeaks are among my favorite birds. They were regular visitors where I used to live, but they've never come here to this house. Your pictures are really beautiful. Did I say that already? LOL ;-)

jalynn01 said...

Thank you ALL for your generous comments.

Yea Jan! That sounded more like you than me in the restaurant!

Abe, what a really nice comment..

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Marsha said...

Those are beautiful red breasted grosbeak photos. I just can't wait for them to arrive here. They are so beautiful and the lilac background with them is stunning.

jalynn01 said...

Thanks Marsha,They have to be one of my favorite birds in my backyard!

bluebirder said...

Cracking grosbeaks jalynn. This is one bird of yours we occasionally see over here - usually after October storms, though they never look as beautiful as your subjects today! Lovely stuff.

jalynn01 said...

Thank you bluebirder for your kind comments. Glad to see you back!

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