Our New Feathered Friends


We have new friends outside our window this morning, Black-headed Grosbeaks. They’re stunning 12Birdbirds: black, white & yellow to rusty brown in color with short, thick beaks. I ran to the computer to look them up to see if (like the cow birds) they would be a menace or (like the red-winged blackbirds) welcome guest to our12Goldfinches bird feeder family. The internet didn’t have anything bad to say about them and after watching them for a while, I can see that they seem to be content to share the feeders with the smaller finches and sparrows.

I love these little brushes with the wonder of nature. God does some really good work, eh?

“Use those talents you have. You will make it. You will give joy to the world. Take this tip from nature: The woods would be a very silent place if no birds sang except those who sang best.” -Bernard Meltzer

We feed Hummingbirds, Goldfinches (the official Washington State bird), House Finches, Golden-crowned Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows, Song Sparrows, Oregon Juncos, Rufus-sided Tohees, Red-winged Blackbirds and the occasional Robin or Varied Thrush.


~ by Kimberly Mason on May 12, 2009.

3 Responses to “Our New Feathered Friends”

  1. Last week we had three rose breasted grosbeak. For one day only. First time ever. Must have been passing through and stopped for a bite. Gorgeous.

  2. Today we found a sweet little baby bird in our pond. Guess it tried to bathe or something and could not get out. Very sad indeed. Had my son bury it in the back yard. I love seeing the baby birds chirping, learning to spread their little wings. Just was so sorry this little guy wasn’t strong enough.

  3. We usually have rose-breasted Grosbeaks pass through at this time of year, I haven’t seen any yet though. I’ve been waiting… I’ve never seen your variety, they’re absolutely gorgeous!

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