Boy, I really wonder about the family dynamics of these guys. Mine have
gradually built up from a single male to a nesting pair to juvies at the
feeders to two nesting pairs and now these three arriving together and
seemingly comfortably sharing the feeder and the best trees.
Have you had them nesting on your property in the past, or were these
fellows a complete surprise?
On 5/9/2014 3:55 PM, Kaye Danforth wrote:
> Yes, it appears two males were just a wee larger, had stronger dark
> markings and larger, brighter red bibs. The other three weren't as
> strongly marked, and had thinner, less brilliant red bibs. They also
> appeared a bit smaller, but this might be due to having just flown in
> and needing to bulk up again. Odd to see all five ignoring the
> charms of the lady, not to mention not even a tussle between the five
> On May 9, 2014, at 3:49 PM, Jane Stein wrote:
>> Same as my three! They're not "supposed" to do that, but clearly,
>> they do.
>> Do you notice any difference in the size of the red bibs?
>> On 5/9/2014 2:20 PM, Kaye Danforth wrote:
>>> Today my husband and I were enjoying coffee on the porch gawking
>>> at FIVE male rose-breasted grosbeaks all serenely feasting side
>>> by side. They were ignoring the female RBG perched on the
>>> armature connecting the feeders, and clearly not moving over for
>>> her to join in. Below were a pair of white-crowned sparrows
>>> racing around like road runners. You never know what appear
>>> these these days! Kaye in Hinesburg
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