Black-Headed Grosbeak visiting

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.

Black-Headed Grosbeak, a nice visitor

On the clothesline on a rainy day.

A really pretty and shy bird, and a good singer.

The Black-headed GrosbeakPheucticus 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 GrosbeakP. 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.

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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.

Squirrels are never camera shy, and always present

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