Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pheucticus ludovicianus
Hartwick State Park; Grayling, Michigan
On Monday, March 20th I saw my first Rose-breasted Grosbeak for the year here in North Alabama. As I have mentioned in the past I get rose-breasted for about two weeks in the spring and fall. Of course, spring is when they are in prime plumage and the birds I have been seeing are absolutely perfect. I shot this male grosbeak on its nesting grounds at Hartwick Pines State Park just outside of Grayling, Michigan. I hope to shoot a few here before they move on north, and again at Magee Marsh, Ohio in a couple of week. Hope you get these beautiful birds at your feeders this spring also.
NIkon D7000, Nikkor 500mm f/4, 1/80 second @ f/4