Subtle Beauty

The male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks usually get all the attention with the flashy rose-colored breast that is their namesake. The female is just as stunning with her variegated gray and brown feathers that beautifully accent her creamy whites. The eye-stripe is especially striking.

I hope you are fortunate enough to encounter both the male and female Rose-breasted Grosbeak as they migrate north to the nesting areas in the northeastern United States, around the Great Lakes states, and in the Appalachian Mountains.

“Subtle Beauty” is my Photo of the Week.

© Bruce Stambaugh 2020

Author: Bruce Stambaugh

Writer, marketer, columnist, author, photographer, birder, walker, hiker, husband, father, grandfather, brother, son, township trustee, converted Anabaptist, community activist, my life is crammed with all things people and nature and wonder. My late father gave me this penchant for giving and getting the most out of life, my late mother the courtesy, kindness, and creativity to see the joy in life. They both taught me to cherish the people I am with. I try and fail and try again.

6 thoughts on “Subtle Beauty”

  1. So that is the female grosbeak; must keep an eye out for her. We see males at our feeder but the females have probably gone unnoticed. Most of the usual returning migrants are at our feeders; but not yet the Baltimore Orioles or Hummingbirds. We are ready when they are!

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  2. We do have the beautiful male and female grosbeak in Northern Ohio! Enjoy watching them at the feeders. Just put out some grape jelly for the orioles. They are slurping that up like crazy. Noticed a Carolina wren waiting to feast also!! Love this time of year. What new birds are you finding in your new area? Thanks for always sharing with us.

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    1. Elaine, I’m glad you are getting so many great birds. Ohio seems to be the birding hotspot right now. As for me, the grackles took over the feeders, so they are all down. I did put up an oriole feeder and one for the hummingbirds. We had our first Ruby-throated male last evening at the coral bells. Other than that, I’m enjoying the robins face off for nesting territory and the waiting on the House Wren to decide which house it will choose.


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