We’ve been lucky the last few days to see birds that are rare to our backyard. On Friday I was sitting outside with my camera and along came this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak:
He’s a beautiful bird. According to Wikipedia, Ohio is right on the edge of the migration and breeding ranges, so I suspect that he’s just passing through this area. I didn’t get the chance to hear him sing before he flew away, but the Ohio Division of Natural Resources site song recording description indicates that they sometimes sound like a “drunken robin.” This guy appeared to be full control of himself as he took a look around the yard.
He never hit the feeder or the bird bath, but I’m glad that he took notice. Perhaps we’ll see him again.