Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rose Breasted Grosbeak



Male Rose Breasted Grosbeak is a striking bird with his Superman Shield and this is a first- time species capture for me - always exciting!  Video is a bit shaky at very long range as the bird worked the tree canopy for insects with its heavy bill, but managed to get one clear shot .This bird is at the extreme southern end of its summer range, Western North Carolina's Great Smoky Mountains and in early May it may just be passing through. It is also at the lower end of its elevation range this far south - around 3,600 feet. These birds are known to spend summers in the Great Smoky's at high elevations.
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Rose Breasted Grosbeak