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RBGB May 7, 2008

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This morning, just after 6:30, I’d say, I saw my first rose-breasted grosbeak of the season.

Tuesday night our friend Tom called and left a message on our machine: May 5, 6:54 p.m., RBGB! Every year he beats us by a day or two or three (this year, by about 36 hours). But he is a man of open property, and we are but lowly townspeople who have to wait til the RBGBs come back to our feeder—unless we happen to be outside roaming, which doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.

Actually, when Tom called, we were outside, planting grass (of the will-eventually-be-mowing-it variety), and Tim thought he saw an RBGB flying away. He wasn’t sure, though.

And earlier that very day, I had wondered if I had a female at my feeder, so anxious was I to see one. I ultimately decided that it was a very large purple finch.

Despite the fact that I could have seen one back when I lived in Maryland, I never did. I saw my first one in Vermont, just before I moved up. Tim moved 8 months before I did and rented a house. When I visited him in May, I saw my first RBGB at the feeder on the big glass door.

When I moved into the house in June, Tim had painted a huge RBGB on that glass door, right by the bird feeder, with Welcome Home, [Indigo]! in big letters. In my four years of living in that house, I never could bring myself to get rid of that RBGB portrait. The next tenant scraped it off almost immediately.

We wondered if the RBGBs who returned each year to feed for a couple of weeks were aware of the huge RBGB god/shrine. At least, that’s how we thought of it. To them, it may have had more of a yellow-arches feel.

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1. Bridgett - May 7, 2008

I’m not that competitive/interested, but I always know it’s finally going to be winter when I see the first junco in our magnolia tree.

2. Cedar Waxwing - May 7, 2008

We’ve not had juncos in a couple years, at least I’ve not noticed any.

I need to put up our tube feeder again. That’s where I saw the rose-breasted grosbeak last year. And interesting — one of the most used search phrases that leads to my blog is female rose-breasted grosbeak.

Congrats on seeing your FOY RBGB IB!

3. indigobunting - May 7, 2008

Thanks, CW!

B: A junco on a magnolia tree must be a lovely thing to see.

4. Helen - May 8, 2008

What’s the bird food equivalent of an Egg McMuffin?

5. Helen - May 8, 2008

Oops, I just realized that maybe I misinterpreted the “yellow arches” part? In which case ignore my previous comment. And this one. More wine please…

6. indigobunting - May 8, 2008

You did not misinterpret. And I’d say the equivalent is the suet cake.

7. Eulalia Cobb - May 30, 2019

When I first saw “RBGB” for a moment I thought you were referring to the beloved SCOTUS member….We’ve had the honor of quick visits from RBGBs here, but this year’s surprise was a pair of orioles that seem to have taken up residence nearby.


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