[Tweeters] Re: Tangletown Backyard Rose-breasted Grosbeak update (no)

Max Kingsbury max.kingsbury at gmail.com
Wed Jan 17 23:06:47 PST 2018

I think I may have tested fate with my last tweeters update, because since
that day(1/13), the grosbeak has not been seen at or around the feeder. We
have had plenty of visitors looking for him, and I spent most of today
watching the feeders for him, but no luck.

These 4 days would be his longest absence, if he returned. I get the
feeling he is gone, and I hope he has found a new and better habitat to
sustain himself through the winter. Thanks to all of the kind birders who
came by and said hello, whether they saw the bird or not.

Happy birding,
Max Kingsbury

On Sat, Jan 13, 2018, 17:54 Max Kingsbury <max.kingsbury at gmail.com> wrote:

> The juvenile male Rose-breasted Grosbeak continues to visit my Seattle

> backyard, at least every other day, sometimes multiple times per day. He

> seems to prefer the morning and the late afternoon, frequently stopping in

> for a snack just before sundown between 3:30 and 4:30.


> Feel free to come by and watch for him. The best viewing is from the

> wooden gate on the North-west corner of the duplex (1900/1902 N 55th st).

> Birders are welcomed to watch from the side yard, standing behind the gate,

> or even around the other side of the house if he is better viewed from

> there.


> He usually approaches from along the block to the northwest, sometimes

> visible in the birch and pine trees, and often spending time in bushes the

> yard just to the northwest across the wooden fence. In my yard he spends

> time sitting on the tube sunflower feeder, on the ground beneath it, or in

> the surrounding trees and bushes.


> He came by 3 times this morning between 8:30 and 9:30, and I was able to

> get some fun video of him feeding on the ground by poking my camera out of

> the (normally blocked) cat door. I'm happy to report that his bill is

> looking to be in better shape than it did when he initially showed up on

> 12/16/2017. Check out the video here: https://youtu.be/MLYDTkolG5w


> My eBird submission for today:

> https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41883074


> I have heard a couple of complaints from my neighbor in the other side of

> the duplex that some folks have been a little loud for his liking, so I'd

> request that anyone who comes by tries to keep conversations to a "library

> volume" while waiting for the bird to make an appearance.


> Happy birding!

> -Max Kingsbury


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