Posted by: atowhee | May 20, 2022


In my garden this morning I heard the unmistakable long song of a Black-headed Grosbeak in a nearby treetop. Both male and female sing in spring. Then late this afternoon I saw them on our suet block:

So now I can hope mthey nest nearby and make themselves daily diners at our outdoor cafe. If they can stand being near squirrels.

This grosbeak species’ song can be loud and expressive, it is a series of slurred doublets, often no two alike, sometimes punctuated by shrieks and sharp calls.

954 Ratcliff Drive SE, Marion, Oregon, US

17 species

Wild Turkey  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  X
Mourning Dove  X
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Northern Flicker  1
Steller’s Jay  1
California Scrub-Jay  X
American Crow  X
Black-capped Chickadee  2
White-breasted Nuthatch  1
European Starling  15
American Robin  2
House Finch  2
Pine Siskin  1
American Goldfinch  2
Dark-eyed Junco  1
Black-headed Grosbeak  2

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