The Daily Bird #712.

Black-headed Grosbeak, click for full size. It’s always a joy to see the Grosbeaks arrive. Around here, the males are notoriously cautious and shy; they’ll usually fly off if they spot the slightest movement from me. Happily, this fellow was an exception to the rule. He didn’t care that I was leaning on the windowsill, very close indeed, and making all that clicking. He just kept on eating with enthusiasm. The last shot was his first checking out the feed situation, from there, he flew to the top of the tray hook, then on to food!

© C. Ford.


  1. rq says

    Mr Beaky-Beak is a messy eater. Also nice ‘do in the third, but mostly I love the head-tilt and gorgeous black eye in the very first photo.

  2. Nightjar says

    The head-tilt is all kinds of cute, but I do love the last one. Showing off those stunning wing patterns and looking quite proud of them too.

  3. Ice Swimmer says

    The head-tilt is wonderful. Also, the pattern on the wings in the last is exquisite. The messy eating makes the series a well-rounded look at a few moments of his life. The fellow must have been ravenous.

  4. kestrel says

    Oh I love these guys. They nest in the orchard and they are indeed very shy and hard to get close to. These are beautiful!

  5. voyager says

    What marvellous photos. It almost looks as if he’s posing for you. That first shot in particular has so much expression.

  6. says

    Voyager, this was so rare, they are normally beyond shy! I doubt this will ever happen again. Thank you!

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