New visitor to my birdfeeder. Looking almost like a Towhee or an Oriole, this is the Black-Headed Grosbeak. A few males and females have been around for about a week now. They are shy, and often wait until the other birds are finished, then they come to the feeder.
On the clothesline on a rainy day.
The Black-headed Grosbeak, Pheucticus melanocephalus, is a medium-size seed-eating bird in the same family as the Northern Cardinal, the Cardinalidae. It is sometimes considered conspecific with the Rose-breasted Grosbeak, P. ludovicianus, with which it hybridises on the Great Plains.
The 19 cm long, 47 g weight Black-headed Grosbeak is a migratory bird, with nesting grounds from southwestern British Columbia, through the western half of the United States, into central Mexico. It occurs as an accidental further south in Central America.
I will try to get some nice pictures when the sun is out.
They are welcome to nest in the nearby forest, or in empty nesting boxes.