I saw the camera on the table when I came home from shopping. The smug look on my husband's face told me he had seen something good. I checked the camera and knew he had won this fall. The first sighting of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak.
Arriving in mid to late September, the males arrive first. The plumage is not as brilliant as their spring adornments, but they are beautiful just the same. The males will stay around for a week or so and then be joined by the females. The males will take leave and the females will be here for another week or so and they too will leave us. We envy those of you who live in the nesting area. It must be a treat to see these birds all summer long.
Photographs taken by my husband. Thanks, dear.
First spotted in the tree, the grosbeak is much larger than most of our visitors.
As he peeked from behind the feeder there is no mistaking the first grosbeak of the autumn season.
Yes, he is gorgeous even with his muted coloring.
And thus life moves forward. These birds will winter hundreds of mile away and it will be spring before we see another.
You are likely aware that convicted prisoner Troy Davis has lost his final appeal in Georgia. Options for his getting clemency are pretty much gone and he will almost surely be executed this evening at 7:00 EDT. (Click here for the link) Please spend a few moments around that time to reflect on your feelings about the death penalty. Keep thoughts for the family of Troy Davis this evening. Thoughts also for the family members of the slain police officer who are convinced that justice will be served with the execution of Troy Davis.