4 Oct 2009
(E-mail from Candy Zaffis, 4 Oct 2009)
After the storms this morning, a young 1st year male Rose-breasted
Grosbeak stopped by the feeders. I see Black-headed all the time, but this
is the first Rose-breasted. New Yard Bird for here (that makes 67 species
this little desert yard). He stayed for several hours this afternoon, and
posed for many good photos.
(E-mail from Larry Tripp, 30 Oct 2009)
... The hotline photo of the R B Grosbeak on the home page isn't a hatch
year male. It's an adult in basic ( winter ) plumage. A HY bird wouldn't
have Black and white wings and tail and would look more like a female B H
Grosbeak with maybe a few red feathers on the cheast. Even a 1 year old
male would still probably show a few brown flight feathers which this bird
doesn't seem to show. It looks like it is a after second year male. If you
google hatch year male you can find some good pics.
I hope this helps.
A very nice sighting and a great yard bird!!!
[Some pages that
come up from the search Larry Suggested]
Almost adult male photo
by Candy Zaffis