ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: THE AMERICAN FLAG BIRD – Marilyn Armstrong

I know they should be red, white, and blue … but the bird came back today a few times and I got more interesting pictures today. What an interesting bird he is! the designs on his wings which might look a little like stars, look like all kinds of things, and that combination of white and red on the breast …

Well, take a look. This is truly an interesting bird.

Garry wants to know what I find interesting about birds. I want to know what he finds interesting about old western TV series from the 1950s and 1960s. It’s not that I don’t like westerns. I can sing along with every one of those show’s songs. I’ve seen them all and not just once.

This is not the first time Garry has decided to rerun Cheyenne or Bat Masterson. Owen, who never saw the shows can also sing along. As a matter of fact, I’m pretty sure the dogs can sing along and one of them is trying to do that right this very minute.

There are many ways to stay sane. For me, it’s remembering that these creatures I feed are important. They are as important as I am. If you are of a religious bent (which I am not, but I can still quote the Bible), “dominion over animals” doesn’t mean “wipe them out because they are in the way.”



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23 replies

  1. Really a beauty. Certain we don’t have them around here. We do have a resurgence of plovers… which I thought were gone from Missouri… talk about speed and patience… real stealth birds.

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  2. He’s quite a strange-looking fellow, quite an odd-shaped beak. We don’t really get any brightly-coloured birds around here.

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    • We do seem to get some very impressive and bright ones here. Maybe you aren’t near enough to wherever they nest. You certainly get some astonishing butterflies and seabirds. I think that because we live IN the woods, we see more birds. They live in the open wooded acres around us. There aren’t that many big wooded areas anywhere now. When I was in England, I was surprised at how little wild space you had. That was in the 1980s, so I’m guessing there’s even less now. We’ve destroyed a lot of our wild places too, but we still have a few nice ones left.

      if we don’t get a new government soon, that may become a memory for us.

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  3. Lovely, Marilyn… We have these at our feeder too! ❤ Peterson and Audubon field guides always handy on the coffee table. I LOVE THE BIRDS! New sighting last week: Yellow-rumped "Myrtle" Warbler! Blessed to have so many beautiful creatures to watch and watch over… xo

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    • It’s Warbler season. I can’t tell them apart. The differences are very subtle.

      They pass through here and move on up to you. They sometimes hang out for a while before they move on, but they zipped through fast this year. There are two other Grosbeaks, both solid blue, one dark blue, the other more like dark turquoise. I’ve seen one in passing, but they don’t seem to be feeder birds … or they don’t like our food. The Grosbeak has the most interesting wing designs I’ve seen on any bird, usually, there’s a pattern, but these look like designs. I’m glad I’m not alone in my watching.

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  4. Gorgeous! You’re becoming a Bird Watching champ Marilyn.
    And your images are much better than mine.

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    • I think I finally have a grip on how far to push the lens. I don’t see very well, so I can’t go by what I see. I can only tell when I download them onto the computer.

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  5. Grosbeak hm? I’ve never seen one before, so thanks for sharing him with us. Another wonderful blogger – Laura, Riddle From The Middle – shared something about nature today that perhaps might explain to Garry just why birds are so ‘important’ to some of us. Laura didn’t write about birds, specifically, she just reminded her readers why getting away from it all via nature walks and such might just save a life.

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    • For me, it’s a reminder that there IS life. It may not be humanity, but it’s alive and often beautiful. If you don’t plug-in to the natural world, you’re just another bump on the log, another “user” on a sickly planet.

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  6. The bird is well named. It really does have a grosbeak….

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  7. I’m totally with you, how can anybody prefer old westerns over living birds – and even more so when they are as utterly beautiful as this little one!

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    • Garry is one of many people who don’t want to change. He’s never liked change anyway, not even when he was a lot younger, but there’s no choice anymore. You either see and find a place on the planet where you can feel good about SOMETHING, or you are – for the rest of life – on the fringe of the world where nothing good ever happens.

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  8. It is a very interesting looking bird. Looks a bit aggressive too.

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  9. If this guy were human he’d be a comedian. He has the stance, the attitude and the wardrobe.
    A wonderful boid.

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    • I would love to see that those “pictures” on his wings look like with his wings open. Each one is different. I’ve never seen a bird with so many miscellaneous markings.

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      • I know and he was so fast that I had a terrible time getting the two decent shots I did. My first time seeing one like this. Yesterday there was a huge black bumblebee–totally black. Probably 1 1/2 inches across in his body. He was so loud that when he went whizzing by me it sounded like a light aircraft. He was too fast to photograph although he whirred around the tabachine for a good 5 minutes. Should have taken a video..

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      • Oh wait.. I misread.. you are talking about the bird. I agree. It is like he has an elaborate little uniform on. I was thinking butterflies when I read your comment.

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        • When you get a good shot of any kind of wildlife, that’s big. It isn’t easy, even with a feeder. You need patience and speed.

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          • And more skill than I have. There are two top world-class photographers here. I should give you their websites. You would be amazed. One is a good friend and he constantly amazes me.

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