These birds do not live here in summer or winter. We see them only during spring and fall migrations and we love every minute they are here. What lovely birds.
The males always arrive first, followed in a week or two by the females. Both sexes remain for several days and then the males move on. Shortly thereafter, the females take off and we have no more until the next migration.
Here is my first real sighting:
He came to one of the feeders for a snack.
He stretches his neck to eat from the second tier opening.
Last fall, the males looked like this. They had their winter plumage by the time they passed by our house. In the spring photographs above, you will note they are more pristine, with clean white chests and the hallmark bright rosey triangles on their breasts.