|Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at the Inn on Mill Creek|
The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, especially the males, are pretty easy to spot. Males have black heads, white chests, and black and white patches on their backs. They also have a rich red V-shaped patch from their throats to their chests.
|Rose-breasted Grosbeak male [photo credit: Audubon]|
One great way to attract Rose-breasted Grosbeaks is to have sunflower seeds, which these birds loooove. They also eat other seeds, as well as fruit and insects.
The most appealing characteristic of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak may be its song - a long string of cheerful whistles. According to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, "Present-day bird watchers have variously suggested it sings like a robin that has had opera training, is drunk, refined, in a hurry, or unusually happy." If you know what an American Robin's song sounds like, imagine an American Robin in a really good mood and you have the Rose-breasted Grosbeak's song. With a pleasant tune filling the trees around the Inn on Mill Creek B&B, our summers are definitely happy with the Rose-breasted Grosbeak around.