Wednesday, May 4, 2011


You gotta believe that his breast is all rosy!

Doodles was looking out of the kitchen window Sunday...she stares out of the window a lot lately...ANYWAY...she spots a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and calls me over. Then we spot a female. Then we spot a youngster...then another...then another...THEN ANOTHER! Holy Grosbeaks Batman! A veritable Rose-breasted Brigade, a riot of rosiness, a gaggle of Grosbeakiness! Wowzers.

And we shall call him Number Two(not to be confused with #2!)

Number Two was curious about every feeder in the garden.

Number Three was casual and aloof.
I like that

Number Four could only think of food.
"What? I've been flying a long time!"

Thinking about going for a quick dip in the pond...that fish is a little scary though...

Hey look! There's one hiding in the French Cafe!
What, doesn't everyone have a French Cafe in their garden?

There's the hot babe!
The reason there's so many Grosbeaks in the garden!

By the way, we had our first Purple Finch Sunday as well.
The first in at least two years to visit our feeders!

AND our first Baltimore Oriole of the year!
Of course the stoopid Mourning Dove just HAS to get into the picture...

This is Hoover. He's named after the vacuum cleaner.
You can plainly see why...

He picks up more than our vacuum too!
If you need any Chipmunks, I have plenty to spare.
Pretty Please!?

Hey! It's time for...
If you'll be at Magee Marsh this weekend, look for me and the Doodles and say hello!


  1. Love the grosbeaks. Both male and female are lovely! Love the oriole, the purple finch, the mo do, and even Hoover, aptly named, as you say!

  2. Dave I'll be up there all day Saturday and perhaps some of Sunday Morning. Hope to see ya!

  3. You are a lucky fella, it's a grosbeak day. Brilliant photos.

  4. Oh, nice!! I'm currently visiting C.Maine with the Black and White Warblers and the Black-throated Greens. Isn't spring marvelous?

  5. Last but not least!! WOW..Holy Batman is right so many grosbeaks and the lovely vixen is stunning too. Hoover is def the right name for that stuffed pouch--too cute!!! I saw a ground squirrel last week and it was too cute for words and too fast for a photo.

  6. I Have missed your "witdom" and birding reports from the lovely shores of Lake Erie. As a former vacuum repairman I can vouch for Hoover's efficiency. Now you'll need Electrolux, Kirby, and Eureka to join the chippy crew!

  7. Wow - lucky you! I saw a Grosbeak pair last summer and got a not too good shot of the beautiful male. That's it. Love your little chipmunk. We used to see them all the time, but not since the cat moved next door.

  8. Thanks Pat...can you loan me the cat? Just for a week...

    Hi Springman...I'll try to relax more...especially since it's WARBLY TIME!

    Thank you Sondra...gotta be quick for those squirrely things!

    Thanks Kah-Wai!

    Oh Karen! I love those B&W Warblys!

    Thanks Bob, welcome home!

    Mike, I hope we bump into you on the boardwalk!

    Thank you Louise!

  9. great to have a diversity of birds in the backyard! I like the shots of the chipmunk too!