Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in Balboa Park

Andrew N

This morning while hunting for the Greater Pewee in it's old stomping grounds, the canyon just south of the dog park, I discovered a female RBGR instead.
It was a distant and short view but photos revealed a pale bill and light colored chest with some heavy looking streaking. The bird was sitting silently in the snags of a dead tree before dropping out of sight into a lemonade berry bush, roughly around 32.7298534, -117.1574045. We waited around for a while but it never re-emerged.  Side note: the two hooded orioles previously spotted were also found at roughly those same coordinates today, as well as a calling WETA in a tall Euc.

See checklist for photo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61875138

Happy birding, everyone!

Andrew Newmark
Hillcrest, San Diego

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