We had a lovely new feathered friend visit our bird feeder today! I was thrilled to look out the kitchen window and see this brilliantly colored bird enjoying the safflower seeds:
Between all my excited ooh-ing and ahh-ing and calling Husband to "come see, right now," I managed to take some photos of our gorgeous visitor, so that I could look him up in our Western Birds Peterson Field Guide after he was gone and be able to identify him.
This handsome bird is a male Black-headed Grosbeak (I had figured it was probably a male because they usually get all the brilliant coloring compared to female birds). His thick bill is adapted for seed-cracking and his song is supposed to be a rising and falling passage similar to robins, who have quite lovely songs themselves.
Thank you for visiting Mr. Grosbeak, and I hope you return now that you know the way!
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