Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Return from South America

Yesterday afternoon the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds returned to our feeders and this morning, two drop-dead-gorgeous Rose-Breasted Grosbeak males stopped by for seeds.  Both the Hummers and the Grosbeaks have just returned to breed from their wintering grounds in Central America and northern South America.  Both species also endure the hazardous journey across the Gulf of Mexico, although some (thought to nest in the Mid-west) take a land route up through Central America.  The Grosbeak’s song is a rich, melodious whistle, said to sound like “a Robin who has taken voice lessons.”  Best wishes for a successful breeding season!


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    douglas c. herroon said,

    Last sat. I saw this bird at my feeder on and off all day. Never saw it before . The bird was the size of a robin and hung upside down to feed like a goldfinch . Scarlet red breast .


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