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Graham Bates <[log in to unmask]>
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Vermont Birds <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 14 Jul 2005 07:25:01 -0400
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My wife and I have observed a female Rose Breasted Grosbeak feeding 2
young at our feeder over the last couple of days.  We hadn't seen any
since a couple came through back in the spring, and then all of
sudden, there they were.  Very cool to watch her swoop down, pick up a
seed, and then fly back and feed it to one of the young.  We watched
this for about 30 minutes, and each time she would alternate from one
to the other.  No sign of any males, though.  They were feeding on
Black Oil sunflower seeds...

Graham Bates
Waterbury, VT

On 7/13/05, Terry Wright <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I have also seen a Rose-breasted Grosbeak in my backyard (Essex, VT) in the
> past several days.  They seem to like the Cardinal Mix I put out in one of
> several feeders.   It is a much more shy species than say the  bluejays,
> goldfinches, grackles, or chickadees which frequent the same  feeders.
> In a message dated 7/13/2005 4:34:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> The  ripening cherries on our dwarf fruit trees seem to be attracting a  male
> Rose-Breasted Grosbeak -- yesterday was the first I've seen of one  this
> year, and he's back again today.  A nice sight -- worth giving up  some
> cherries for.
> Miriam Lawrence
> Monkton  Ridge