John Hamil Photographs

Black-headed Grosbeak

Adult Black-headed Grosbeaks arrive in early May. They are initially wary, foraging through the top of the canopy but more likely keeping an eye on local birds shuttling to and from our small sunflower seed feeder. Getting over their initial shyness they become gluttons if the shrinking level of seed in the feeder has any meaning. They make up for their greediness with a beautiful song. Plus, it is understandable as they seem to set up house quickly enough for their broods appear by mid-summer as the local berries ripen.