Rose-breasted Grosbeak in North Georgia Willow Tree
Subject: Nice profile image of an ntimely male Rose-breasted Grosbeak just hanging out in a Willow Tree next to porch in Talking Rock, Georgia. Not sure I swear his head is turned so perfectly sideways, blue sky is visible through his beak nares (nose/nostril holes)
Project: Backyard Pishing
Camera: Kodak Z740 Zoom
Date: 2012.04.22 (Brisk, very windy Spring day; temps were probably ~60 degrees but had windchill factor)
Location: Talking Rock, Pickens County, North Georgia, USA
Anecdote :: Have said before these guys started showing up somewhere around 2008, 2009. JUST happened to look out the window in time to catch five males eating sunflower seeds on the front walkway. At the time I didn't know what they were and actually only saw all five backsides. Had no clue that year of the phenomenal red coloring on their chests.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeak male (Pheucticus ludovicianus, alpha banding code RBGR) one picture here apparently has been in the yard a good solid week. I kept seeing flashes of a white rump with more white under the tail as he was exiting Stage Left when I'd poke my head out the window to check on bird feeders. Have seen two now (two days ago). This is THE ABSOLUTE lateness and longest repeated sightings in Spring they've been in my Pickens County yard yet. Every year the pishing gets better and better out there..! :))