Posted by: atowhee | April 25, 2019


Not even a Mockingbird would venture to copy the looooong sooooong of a Black-headed Grosbeak.  They are the loquacious member of the cardinal family.  Yesterday evening I saw my first one of the year at Wennerberg Park, but I didn’t know it.  I took a picture of a lone bird far up in a bare tree.  I imagined it to be one of the House Finches singing in the park.  Finally today I downloaded the image and looked at it up close–black head, black back, orange chest and a bold whitger bar on the wing.  Bingo, my first male grosbeak of the year,  Females return usually lags behind the more eager, territorially driven males.BHG-FOY (2)This morning I heard one singing, and singing, in the forest along the river in Joe Dancer Park.

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