Thursday, April 30, 2015

Rose Breasted Grosbeak!





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image from Wikipedia




My Dad called me today and was most excited about seeing a bird on his deck. 
 "It's got a black head, and it's white underneath and the red on the front is like a bib, and that red is the PRETTIEST red that you have ever seen!  Do you know what it is?" 

My Dad knows I know my birds! It is a rose breasted grosbeak.  They don't live in Georgia but at this time of year, you can see one passing through if you are lucky enough.     "Stunning",  "cannot be mistaken for any other bird" and "like an exclamation mark at your bird feeder"...those are some of the things that I just read about this bird!

Oh! And I also read that their song is like an American robin's but more melodious, as if a robin had taken singing lessons!  That's funny. (Sorry, Robs, you know I love you too!)







I really love my Dad's enthusiasm, just like a child's!
Stay young, no matter what your age!
 

34 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting my blog and your good wishes. We don't have the Rose breasted Grosbeak here, but we do have the ordinary grosbeak, who is quite colorful too -- orange, black and white. Rather like an oriole but chunkier. We have two oriole families this year, so we are doing well.

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    1. Hello Chris!
      Happy to see YOUR comment here! You have a lovely garden, of course the birds enjoy it too!
      Take care and remember, keep your chin up! :-)

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  2. That is a beautiful bird. I do not think I have ever seen one.

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    1. I have only seen it ONCE and it was unforgettable!

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  3. Oh I'd love one of those to appear in my garden! Thank you for sharing the video too as it was lovely to see it in action. x

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    1. Isn't it lovely? You have gorgeous birds in England, I love them too!

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  4. I love the expression "an exclamation mark at your bird feeder"! I use that, too - my heart makes little exclamation marks at the sight of RJ, or when he sends me an email or a text message :-)

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    1. Yes, I thought you would like that! I hope you tell RJ that too! :-)
      I know you remember this photo of my Dad from a few years ago, but it shows his enthusiasm so well, I had to use it again!

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  5. I don't believe I have seen one of those beautiful birds either, how could you forget seeing it, so pretty.

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    1. Keep an eye out for it, this is the time of year that it passes through Georgia!

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  6. That is a really gorgeous bird. I saw one at the gym a few days ago. Not one of those birds specifically. It was small and brown and was messing about on the window. It was a welcome distraction from the dullnessof exercise.

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    1. Funny thing, I find all birds beautiful. Even what most people would call "drab and brown". If you look closely at birds, the way that their feathers lay against their tiny bodies is an amazing sight and even the brown feathers are such a gorgeous color. Just look at them! They are a very welcome sight at any time!

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  7. Beautiful bird, and i love the song! It's nice that your father was able to see one passing through.

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    1. He was very lucky! It tickled him so to see a bird that he had never seen in his life!

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  8. I've only ever seen this bird once in my life and would be wildly excited if one appeared in my yard again! And I've never heard it sing.......Lovely!

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    1. Like you, I have only seen it once. I was also excited!

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  9. And where was the wonderful header photographed? Is that your yard?

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    1. Ha! No, that was a garden from England taken last September. The flowers were amazing!

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  10. A really wonderful specimen. The Grosbeak's not bad either! You're right, Kay, stay young.

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    1. Ha! Yes Graham, I certainly agree with you! :-)
      Remember, keep your boyish enthusiasm, don't ever lose it! My Dad never has!

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    1. Thanks, Amy!
      Oh! And now that May is here, that is your month, right? MAY AMY

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  12. Gorgeous, have never seen one.

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    1. Not sure if you would see one in Savannah, but hey, maybe!

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  13. It's a beautiful bird with a wonderful song. I've never seen one.

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    1. I think I read that they really love to be in the very tops of trees so that makes them hard to see. However, if they live in your area, and I think that they do, then if you feed the birds, you should see one!

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  14. Smashing little bird. Similar to a bullfinch or crossbill in the UK with that beak which looks as if its evolved to open a certain item on a tree. Always thought the secret to a happy life is the ability to still be able to be amazed or affected by the beauty of the world around you and take joy in it Glad you said American Robin as I thought I'd found a nightingale in the garden first time I heard a European Robin singing as a child with my newly purchased bird book. I was very disappointed on that occasion to see it was just a garden robin.

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    1. Just a garden robin! Bob, I LOVE your robin! It has the most beautiful song! I have a fond memory of walking in Polegate in England, down Shepham Lane and hearing a robin singing its little heart out! What a beautiful song! I first saw a drawing of your robin in my book "The Secret Garden". Did you know that the reason our bird is called a robin too? It is simply because the early settlers here from England must have been excited to see a bird with similar coloring even though the birds are very different! I love both robins...the American robin AND the European robin!)

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  15. Oh my gosh, Kay, I can't believe you posted about this. We JUST saw one in our yard on Saturday. It's the first one I've ever seen in my yard. We were ecstatic!!! Oh, it's so lovely. I'm so excited about this post. SO cool!!! XOXO

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    1. Hey Audrey!
      So happy you saw this bird too! My Dad was so excited! And I sent him a card in the mail and made sure I used one of my BIRD stamps on it, the Rose Breasted grosbeak one! xxx

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  16. Wow! That is a gorgeous bird!

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    1. It is! And I loved my Dad's description of it, the PRETTIEST red!! xx

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  17. What a beautiful little bird. It's wonderful to be enthusiastic about the beauty of Nature and all that abounds within.

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    1. I am thankful that my Dad still has that great youthful energy and enthusiasm. And some people don't even notice anything in nature! That is just so sad.

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