Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This poor guy is recovering from a window strike. This angle barely shows his rosy breast for which he is named. Fortunately, he regained his senses and flew away safely.

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91 Responses to Rose-breasted Grosbeak

  1. Alice Pratt says:

    It happens so often, poor birds…that must hurt!

  2. Vick says:

    I’ve heard birds fly into my floor-to-ceiling lounge windows more often after I’ve washed them too. Must be the reflection after I’ve cleaned the exterior glass and it reflects the sky and cloud cover more realistically.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, we’ve had lots of rain so the windows are cleaner than usual. Strikes tend to happen more in spring and fall – which may be related to the way the sun’s angle hits the windows and reflects light.

  3. Glad he recovered!

  4. Ahhhh. I’ve only seen one of these birds once, and they were gorgeous!

  5. Anne says:

    Glad it recovered enough to fly away ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. rabirius says:

    Good to know he is okay.

  7. Washe Koda says:

    This bird relative to the grosbeak clan ‘Bohemian Waxwing’ crashed into My third floor condo glass patio door often while living in Park City, Utah ended up gluing my kites to the doors which helped but blocked my view of the Wasatch Mountains

  8. Treah Pichette says:

    I just saw 2 of these guys here today (Sat.). Two males feeding on leftover birdseed. Hummingbirds should be here tomorrow! Isn’t it grand to see the return?

  9. sandyjwhite says:

    So glad the bird recovered. We have birds crash into our windows occasionally. I always hold my breath and hope for the best.

  10. Noellie says:

    Oh how lucky, you were able to grab a picture. I had a big male at my feeder for the first time this spring but wasn’t camera ready.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      I kept checking on him through the window and realized it was an opportunity to get a decent photo (but not too close to upset him) via zoom lens.

  11. Aww โ˜น๏ธ Iโ€™m glad he was okay

  12. neihtn2012 says:

    Poor guy! We have birds fly into our patio glass door once in a while. They seem to recover in a second or two, then fly away.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      This one hit hard and took about an hour to recover, but thankfully, seemed fine when he finally flew away. Phew, it was a close call.

  13. Chloris says:

    Poor little fellow, I’m so glad he recovered. He is so cute.

  14. It looks scared…

    Great to see this little beauty got recovered from the impact and manged to fly away ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I’m sure it had a big headache. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But glad it recovered. It tends to happen more during breeding season when they see their reflection and think it is a rival to contest.

  15. Val Boyko says:

    Glad he’s okay! We had one visit us this week. Quite a treat for us around here!

  16. Jim R says:

    We were visited yesterday by a female grosbeak. No males visible yet.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      And usually it is the males that arrive first. Hope you get a mated pair and a brood! Are the owls still around?

      • Jim R says:

        Three nights ago we were both awakened by a Barred Owl just above the house calling for a long time. It was about 3 am. I looked out and saw it sitting on a branch.

  17. Kris P says:

    Those window strikes are so upsetting – for the homeowner as well as the bird. I put a decal on the window that produces the most casualties here but it’s not been foolproof, although I think it’s helped. I’m glad your little fellow survived. I had one bird I was sure was a goner – my husband even suggested putting it in the freezer to hasten its demise as I was afraid it was suffering – but, after I gently moved it out of the sun into a cooler spot, it eventually recovered. Sadly, that doesn’t always happen.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I’ve tried window decals, but as you say, it doesn’t always work when a bird is determined to challenge ‘a rival.’ At least our kitties stay indoors, that helps A LOT!

  18. naturebackin says:

    Bird strikes are so awful. I made a kind of dream catcher out of flexible twigs that I hung outside a window that unfortunately a few birds had flown into and it seems to have made a difference. One could also use trellis. I have stuck some bird cutouts on some windows but I think one needs them quite close together for them to be really effective. I have also read that vertical lines on the outside of the window glass, about 2 inches apart, can help birds avoid flying into the glass – these lines can be drawn on using a white glass marker, or else using tape, attaching vertical lines of string or even painting on lines of soap. As you suggest – dirty windows can also be somewhat beneficial ๐Ÿ™‚ I gather that even birds that eventually are able to fly away do not necessarily survive, sadly.

  19. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Ahhhhh poor thing. Glad it recovered. I assume from that beak that they are seed eaters?

  20. gaiainaction says:

    Oh what a beauty, I do hope that he recovers from the smash.

  21. derrycats says:

    Glad he was ok!

  22. Joanna says:

    So glad the poor little thing recovered! We have birds slam into our windows occasionally too. At least he had a nice flowery spot to rest in! ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Karen Lang says:

    So glad he recovered. ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’š

  24. dawnbirdau says:

    Lovely pics, Eliza. I love the damp leaves too!

  25. arlingwoman says:

    These are rare down here. I’m glad he recovered.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They seem to like deciduous woods. They stick around if we keep putting out the sunflower seed feeders, which btw, are not near any windows!

  26. bittster says:

    I’ve only seen a rose breasted grosbeak once, and just for a few minutes. What an amazing little creature, and I’m glad he was able to shake it off.
    “lots of rain so the windows are cleaner than usual”. I loved that one.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Yes, I’m lucky if they get cleaned once a year, lol! I’d rather spend my time gardening or wandering in nature than housecleaning. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Nice to know he recovered!
    Beautiful flower too.

  28. Kathy Sturr says:

    Oh, window strikes! So devastating! I’m glad he recovered. They are beautiful birds! Lucky to have visited you. Many people don’t realize that to avoid window strikes it’s best to place feeders closer to the windows the reasoning is that birds can’t get up to full flight and hit so hard. Cornell offers great educational advice regarding window strikes.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Luckily, strikes are a rare occurrence here with few fatalities over the years. Cornell has some really great resources. Yesterday was their Big Day bird count. I wonder how they did.

  29. Tranature - quiet moments in nature says:

    Aww the poor wee bird, we hope he’ll make a full recovery xxx

  30. David Thrift says:

    Nice photo!, and what a cool looking bird. Great that he wasn’t hurt so much that he couldn’t fly away.

  31. Sandra J says:

    I just saw my first Rose Breasted Grosbeak last week, I have only seen one in the last 10 years here in Iowa. It was so exciting to capture a photo of one. They are so beautiful.

    • Eliza Waters says:

      They are a very pretty bird. If not for the feeder, we would rarely see them as well. I think they are shy of people and prefer deep woods.

  32. Irene says:

    So glad he recovered. Good excuse not to clean my windows today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  33. He does look a little peturbed! I’m glad he recovered and went on his way.

  34. Jewels says:

    Aw, poor little fella, glad he regained his senses and flew away safely. โค

  35. That’s an interesting looking bird, Eliza. We had lots of problems with this when we moved to the new house. We have a lovely big picture window but because it reflects all the trees around the little birds just kept flying into it. It was happening nearly every day and was really distressing but we seem to have stopped it now by hanging some strings of hearts which blow around in front of the window.

  36. jillslawit says:

    Ouch. But little birds usually recover. Hope he doesn’t have too much of a headache.

  37. Poor little one, I am glad he recovered and was able to fly away! ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. Jen says:

    I’m so glad he is ok….I hate when they hit the windows! I had one die in my palm last month when I picked him up after a hit, it is the saddest thing. I’ve never seen this bird in person, it is beautiful!!!

  39. Robin says:

    So glad it ended well. I hate it when that happens. I feel so awful for the poor birds that hit the windows. I’ve done all the things they say to do and still, every now and then, one will barrel right into the patio windows.

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