I've had this female Rose-breasted Grosbeak at my feeder since the fall. She feeds every day with the American Goldfinches in the nyjer seed feeder. I thought this was pretty strange, so I wrote my friend Jacques, an avid birder and asked his opinion.
I awoke this morning and found all kinds of footprints close to my bird feeders.
Turns out, the bird being here in the winter is an anomaly and Jacques and Christine came to see Ms. Grosbeak for themselves.
Here she is in her glory. I was concenned that she only eats nyjer seed (they're so tiny), but I did see her today eating sunflower seeds and she even chased a noisy Blue Jay away. Ms. Grosbeak is no pushover! I hope she makes it through the winter. Stay tuned.