19 Apr 2014
Galveston County, Texas
(E-mail from Kris Purdy --
10 May 2014) : [italics and link added]
My yard in Ogden, Weber County, just hosted what
I think may have been a female ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK. She briefly
approached a seed block thatís almost gone (woe is meóI meant to replace
it with a new one yesterday and didnít get to it) and then headed
elsewhere, possibly to other seed sources in the yard that Iíll continue
to watch. Anyway, she appeared to have an all-pink bill, base color
of her breast was off-white with little, if any, rust wash, and streaks
that continued without interruption across her breast. My only doubt was
that the streaking across the breaks was not quite as dark and coarse as I
expected it to be. Then, she dumped me.
Itís quite possible that females of the
two species overlap in colors and field marks.
This is the time of year we might see a
look-a-like Rose-breasted Grosbeak and not realize it because theyíre so
similar in size and structure to female Black-headed Grosbeaks. So watch
for the three subtle field marks Iíve mentioned above. I invite
contributions from anyone else who has struggled with these subtle
differences to help shed light on a confusing ID. You wonít find any
the females in the Utah Birds gallery, quite possibly because the
girls are so easy to mistake for female Black-headed Grosbeaks, but the
boys are unmistakable.
(E-mail from John Crawley to
Kris Purdy --
10 May 2014) :
They are very similar! Here are a couple shots of a female ROSE-BREASTED
GROSBEAK I made in Texas last month. If itís any help you can show them to
anyone with questions.
Photos by John Crawley