Friday, May 6, 2022

Forest Songs

male rose-breasted grosbeak

After hearing reports of these birds in the area, a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks finally showed up in our yard. The male is stunning with his bold colors...

male rose-breasted grosbeak
...and he wears his heart right out in front, where everybody can see it.

female rose-breasted grosbeak on tree limb

The female looks like, well, like she has a good personality.

male orchard oriole

Orchard orioles have also made an appearance here lately. They are smaller than the Baltimore orioles, and instead of the brilliant orange feathers of their cousins, theirs are dark russet brown.

male orchard oriole on tree limb

The males of both species may be singing the most beautiful songs in our forest, but I think the grosbeak is my favorite by a feather. You can hear them here: