Mr. & Mrs. Grosbeak~

Meet mommy grosbeak.

She is not as flashy,

as her hubby.

But she has a subtle, more delicate beauty.

Here is her dashing Romeo.

You have to admit he is, quite the looker, and eater!

He is shy, hesitant around humans,

smart birdie.

Cheers to you from the happy Holler honeys~

179 thoughts on “Mr. & Mrs. Grosbeak~

  1. He’s gorgeous and so is she!
    So are your shots!
    I saw a report on H1N1 bird flu. All birds (domestic and wild) are in danger, due to climate change. We are destroying hundreds of thousands of chickens here. It’s crazy. If we see dead birds, they want us to collect them (with rubber gloves and a mask on) seal in plastic and call the health department.

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  2. We’ve occasionally seen these birds here in the past, but not for several years. This is true of many of our occasional species. I wonder what is happening to them. Pesticides? Lit up city buildings that kill so many migratory birds at night? Something is changing, and not for the better. Great pictures, and I’m glad you are still seeing these birds.

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    • Bird populations have been steadily declining mostly due to habitat loss, but the factors you mention contribute as well. Avian Flu is now ravaging the east and Midwest. It is not yet west of Utah. Avian flu arises from large scale avian agriculture and shipping, and decimates wild birds. The poor birds are under siege. I am sorry you are seeing the effects დ

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  3. Oh I’ve never seen a grosbeak before – they are both beautiful birds. I also appreciate the more subtle beauty in the female birds. Even the really plain ones. Thanks for sharing these pictures!

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  4. Your photos do an AWESOME job in highlighting the extreme difference between the sharp talons and beaks and the delightfully soft feathery torso that looks like a pillow!

    Do you know what are the crumbs around the beaks in the first few photos?

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    • Thank you very much. In the first photo, it is a dried corn kernel in the female’s beak, in the fifth photo it is the shells of millet seeds on the birds beak, and the black seed in subsequent photo is a sunflower seed. დ

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  5. Oh, Goodness!! I will never tire of these gorgeous creatures!

    You get the best shots!!

    I have all my life been puzzled why in nature the males are flashier, particularly so with birds! And only tonight as I read this, did it occur to me, that it allows the Moms to be somewhat more camouflaged and the Dad’s can help distract would be predators from the nests!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful creatures!

    Cheers!

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