For about three weeks in the spring and again in the autumn, we are treated to visits from Rose-breasted Grosbeaks. Typically the males arrive first and stay a couple of weeks. The females then arrive and the males depart for their winter homes.
The birds arriving in the fall are not as brilliantly colored as the spring migrants. But they are lovely nonetheless. We are so happy to see the first one arrive and then await others. We saw our first male last Sunday.
I do envy those of you lucky enough to have these birds all summer. And are able to see their young and watch them grow. But we happily take what Mother Nature will send us as the birds migrate for winter.