The sun was barely up when I stumbled down the hall and into my work room yesterday morning. As I leaned over the chair to place a cup of coffee on the corner of the desk, I glanced up at the sunflower seed feeder hanging just beyond the window.
Wow! A male rose-breasted grosbeak!
This constitutes the first-ever male I've seen here along the river. I do enjoy what I've come to think of as my "annual grosbeak sighting," which has invariably been of the less-colorful female. And heretofore, these grosbeak events happened only once each year, generally in the early spring. I figured when a female grosbeak showed up for a day last week—which I mentioned a few posts back—was that 2011's grosbeak quota had then been reached. Now I've not only added the missing male from the cottage tally, but I've doubled my usual grosbeak total. Who knows what lies ahead!
The photo isn't much. The light was really low, the window dirty, and there's a bit of sun-glare across the glass. I'd hoped to do better outside later on. But as things worked out, though the bird hung around most of the day, I spent all morning and afternoon on a wildflowering junket to a nearby woods, then later had to attend an early-evening meeting downtown. So what you see is the best image I managed.
Still, I'm elated. A male rose-breasted grosbeak at my window. Wow!