Female Grosbeak~

Holler birds are out in record number this year!

We have a mated pair of Black Headed Grosbeaks (and a pair of Blue Grosbeaks!).

This is the black head female, who seemed most pleased with the treats we have on offer,

at least judging by the quantity she wolfs down daily.

You can see whole sunflower seeds with shells in her beak!

She must be expecting and eating for two, or four, or so.

Cheers to you from the very hungry grosbeak~

146 thoughts on “Female Grosbeak~

  1. Such delicate colouring. We have Streaky-headed Seedeaters with a similar colouring, yet their beaks are not nearly as robust as your Grosbeak. You have captured great beauty in their apparent ‘plainness’ which is lovely to see.

    • The males are just gorgeous. But like many smart beautiful creatures, they tend to be shy. Happy you saw one Terri & hope all is good with you დ

    • They are interesting because they appear to be finches, but their beaks take up the whole front of their face, which is very different. I think Black Headed Grosbeaks are in the Cardinal family, which is just another bird oddity დ

  2. Amazing shots! We had a Rose-breasted Grosbeak visit our backyard feeder a few years ago, but only for a short time, and it has not made a second appearance yet.

  3. great pictures Cindy .. I know the Grosbeaks I got to know this past winter loved sunflower seeds. There was one female that would patiently wait for me to fill the one feeder she liked, she barely waited for me to move away before she would swoop in. =^_^=

  4. Great portraits of the female grosbeak, Cindy! I had plenty of grosbeak visitors this spring at my bird feeders. They enjoyed eating the sunflower seeds.

  5. She’s subtly pretty. She would probably fall in the category of LBBs that we have at our feeder, unless we took a very close look (LBB = little brown bird!).

  6. Hello Cindy! I hope you are well, and stay save! Your photos are wonderful as always. Unbelievable how much different birds there are. Thank you for sharing, and before i will forget: Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you are celebrationg, and wish you a beautiful upcoming week! Michael

  7. Nice!! I want to see the Black-headed ones! It’d be a lifer for me. We get the Rose-breasted migrating through and we also had an Evening straggler. They’re not usually in our area.

    • Isn’t she awesome! The male is more strikingly beautiful, but so so shy. She has the total confidence of one who often goes unnoticed and shouldn’t დ

  8. We had a robin to nest in one of our downspouts, and I noticed on Sunday when she spooked from her nest that her crop of very hungry babies had their necks stretched skyward. And yes, I congratulated her on her brood and wished her a happy Mother’s Day!

  9. We are watching all the bird houses and the activity. One of our front porch hanging baskets is home to a bird’s nest with 5 eggs. The mother is very protective, We normally sit in the front porch rocking chairs but now have to be careful not to disturb the birds. And the snakes…Mother Nature certainly entertains. I love your photos as always, Cindy. Be well. oxox

  10. Your close ups certainly emphasise the beauty of these small birds, such lemony colours. Do not know these at all but glad you provide for them in many ways at the Holler.

    • I love being surrounded by wild birds. They make me smile constantly. There was a new species here today. Still not sure what it was. So wonderful to hear from you. Hope you are well დ

      • Yes, all well but our normal routines of being in Spain and visiting family have been disrupted. We are on our way back now to Navasola. I love the wild birds too and the inner joy they give. Smiles to you and all your birds.

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