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July 21, 2011


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The Zen Birdfeeder

Mary - it takes awhile for that male Rose-breasted Grosbeak to get that beautiful. Through this summer, they'll look somewhat like the female - streaked, but with a hint of the rose-breast. Next summer, they'll have their rose-breast, black back, but will still have a lot of brown on their wings and may still have speckling going on in their black. The next summer after that, they'll have their full coat of adult male feathers!

Mary Brogan-Sizemore

I've been enjoying families at my feeders for the 1st time. Rose breasted grosbeaks, red-wing blackbirds and others whose young resembles the hen. Can I expect to see the young males develop characteristic plumage this summer? I live in Southern Michigan.

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Become a Fan


  • Our eyes and ears should be open and alert to the natural wonders that surround us every day. Take time to look out our windows to see the birds that visit us and open our windows to hear them. Walk around whatever space we have to enjoy the birds in nature. Every day, work on improving our powers of observation.


  • Nature happens. We cannot MAKE natural things happen (or NOT happen). We can create habitats to encourage natural things to happen around us, but there are no guarantees.


  • Birdfeeding comes with responsibilities to the birds and the environment we share with them. If you are unwilling to accept these responsibilities, you shouldn’t feed the birds. We also have a responsibility to share these natural wonders with the next generation.