Female Rose-Breasted Grosbeak

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© Andrea Petersen
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He satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness...
Psalm 107 : 9

The female Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Arrives later than her mate..
On her migratory journey date..
Thoughts of food moves her wings..
To speed along for all good things.

Poetry by me, AJP

The female grosbeak was checking out the new red jelly dish and ruffling the feathers on her head in approval when I shot this picture...last night the old orange dish ( in previous picture) got chewed up in many pieces by an over zealous creature of the night who didn't stop there...It also jumped from the community bird feeder to the hummingbird feeder breaking off a piece of the top that holds the water to prevent the ants from eating the nectar..I found that feeder on the ground this morning minus the hook that attached it to the stand. The guilty party that did the damage apparently kept the hook as a souvenir. My husband cut the broken piece off so now it has a square top instead of round...Needless to say, I brought the containers in the house tonight so there will be no more episodes like that ...Earlier in the day a squirrel decided he loved oranges meant for the orioles... and took off running with an orange in his mouth:) Whoever heard of squirrels liking oranges? I guess you could say he is a fruitful squirrel.. What next???

16 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (17 May 2012):

    BOO to those pesky squirrels! They are really bad about digging in my large flower planters on our front porch. Susan found out that a few dashes of cayenne pepper (or red pepper flakes) discourages them. After a few applications, we are believers! We had a male grosbeak a couple of weeks ago. Now that I know what the female looks like, I can look for those too~

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (17 May 2012):

    Hey lil' bit you are so precious!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (17 May 2012):

    Thank you for the helpful tip, Don...I am thinking that we were visited by either raccoons or bears in the middle of the night that went on a rampage with the hummingbird feeder and the jelly dish..Squirrels usually don't go out after dark. We catch a squirrel in the act earlier in the day with the half orange in its mouth jumping off the feeder with it....Then the same day we caught a big stray cat making plans to grab a bird. but I chased him off before he accomplished his goal. All is not fun and games with feeding birds but the rewards that these feathered friends bring to the beauty of the earth far outweigh the frustrations of life that come along with the package.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (17 May 2012):

    I meant to say we caught a squirrel with the orange, not catch...I need to check
    my script before I send it...LOL Thank you for your comments.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (17 May 2012):

    I think the female grosbeaks are especially lovely birds, too, even though they lack the bright plumage of the males. Those squirrels can be such a pest at times.. but running off with oranges is something else..lol !! This is a beautiful image and she looks very pleased with today`s menu..

  • Sonia Adam Murray

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  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2012):

    Your birds are the BEST!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone (Deleted) gave props (17 May 2012):

    Andrea, too much lovely !!!!

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (17 May 2012):

    Always a joy to see

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (17 May 2012):


  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (17 May 2012):

    Fantastic capture of the female grosbeak!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (18 May 2012):

    You get so many wonderful different kinds of birds there. Another amazing bird shot!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (18 May 2012):

    Well done!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (19 May 2012):

    A little beauty, super series of bird shots Andrea..

  • Ioana Caravan

    Ioana Caravan   gave props (20 May 2012):

    The female looks so delicate! Beautiful!

  • Nadeem Shafi

    Nadeem Shafi gave props (22 May 2012):

    Patterning on this species is so intriguing.

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