Throughout the weekend, it returned and even brought some friends. If I keep the feeders full of seed, maybe they'll stay around all summer. I hope so, because this is one bird that I don't think I'll tire of watching, it's so beautifully marked.
On Friday, just as I was leaving the house to meet Romie in Paulding so we could go to Defiance and get more lumber for Project #1, I noticed a new visitor to the bird feeders. It was a beautiful bird whose appearance took me back to a Christmas Day of my childhood ...
It was sometime in the mid-1960s and while sitting in the living room, we heard a loud thump on the front picture window. Probably a bird; we investigated and there in the planter below, it laid ... the collision with the window had been fatal. It was a beautiful bird that we'd never seen before, but we looked it up in our World Book encyclopedias and found out that it was a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus). They don't winter over this far north, so why one was still around at the end of December is unknown.
Since that time, I can recall seeing this bird just one other time, and now here one was, right before my eyes. I grabbed the camera, knowing I was going to be late meeting Romie, but capturing this moment was a bigger priority. The Grosbeak wasn't particular scared of me, and I was able to get quite close to it.
UPDATE: We got a new one later today - a bluebird! No pics yet, but I hope to get a good one if it keeps hanging around. It was so pretty!