Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Glenville

Brabetz, Barbara L

I also have had a female rose-breasted grosbeak at my home feeder. She
first arrived on Monday, April 24th.

Barbara Brabetz
Lost Valley, Montgomery County

-----Original Message-----
From: hmbirds@... [mailto:hmbirds@...] On Behalf
Of Matthew Medler
Sent: Friday, April 21, 2006 7:08 PM
To: hmbirds@...
Subject: [HMBirds] Rose-breasted Grosbeaks in Glenville

I was very surprised to look out the window just now (21 April 2006) and
see two Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the feeder. Based on my experiences
in the Cayuga Lake Basin, where I compiled a list of average first
arrival dates for migrants
this is more than a week early for this species, which I think of as a
classic May 1st arrival. Even more suprising was the fact that both
birds were females (I tend to see males of this species before females
when they arrive back).

Lest anybody think that I observed two female Purple Finches, which
are probably more expected on this date, I had good, close-range looks
at the birds through binoculars for a few minutes. I clearly saw the
massive, pale-colored bill, the very "clean" white eyeline extending to
the front of the head, and the two white wingbars.

Good birding,
Matt Medler
Schenectady County

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