Yesterday afternoon I saw an unusual bird at our feeder. Called Diane who immediately identified it as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I was excited; “think it’s a new bird for me.” I looked him up in my Stokes Field Guide where I keep my life list. No entry about a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. A new beautiful bird. The distinctive red triangle on his breast is hard to miss. In flight he shows white patches on the wings; rose-red “armpits;” and a white rump.
Stokes mentioned that he eats tree foliage, insects, and some fruit but will also come to a feeder for sunflower seeds. It ranges in the northeast to the Midwest. Both male and female sing with a distinctive squeak. I think I heard it later in the day.
I’ve notations on 136 birds in Stokes. Usually I have a date and where I saw the bird. Maybe this will be the stimulus to get out birding more frequently. This coming week on the Outer Banks may offer some opportunity.