The bird I saw last week was exactly what I thought it was. The first Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the fall migration. These birds do not nest here, so we see them only during migration. The males always arrive first. After a week or so, the females arrive and the males stay around a few more days. Then the males leave and the females remain a week or two longer. Then it's over for the season.
While he is a beautiful bird, his fall plumage is not quite as striking as his spring color.
One of the birds came to the feeder. At first I thought it might be a female.
But when he flew into the trees I saw the faint reddish coloring on his chest.
Another male has joined the group.
He is waiting for me to go inside so he can fly to the feeders.
What a beauty!
The fall migration is such a wonderful time of the year. We will enjoy these grosbeaks for a few weeks and then we will look forward to our next migrating friends.