One of our favorite things about Autumn (and there are MANY favorite things), is the fall migration. While we love all of our transients, our favorite by far is the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. Each year brings a challenge between my husband and me to spy the first traveler. This year my husband won. And for a brief while we will be thrilled to see these lovely birds.
The males arrive here first. In Autumn they are not quite as brilliantly colored as they are in the Spring but they are beautiful nonetheless.
My husband saw the first one this fall.
The males will be here about a week before the females arrive. The females are brown and lack the white and rose coloring but they are still lovely birds.
Another lovely male.
Shortly after the females arrive, the males will leave for parts to the south and the females will remain here another week or so. Then they too will depart and we will not see either sex again until spring when they are robed in their more brilliant summer plumage.
Some migrating seasons pass without our spotting the males in our yard, but we have received quite a treat this year. We envy those of you fortunate enough to live in their breeding range. We would love to see them all summer long but if it's to be only twice a year we will appreciate them as they travel through.
Don't you just love the bird visitors?