Documentation of Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Observer Information

Reporter:  Polly Neldner  PO Box 358,   La Veta, CO  81055
Other Observers:  Beverly Jensen; Paul and Polly Neldner

Species, Date, Time and Location Information

Species:  Rose-breasted Grosbeak
First Date/Time:  5/12/2011
Last Date/Time: 
Duration (total time in view):  Around and hour
County:  Huerfano
Specific Location:  151 County Road 359
Number:  3
Age:  Unknown
Sex:  Male
Plumage:  Other/Unknown


Rural backyard, mixed coniferous and deciduous trees, open spaces

Viewing Conditions

Optics:  Swarovski 8.5X42, 500 mm lens
Distance:  15 ft.
Light:  Very good bright days, some overcast

Description of the Bird

Pinkish bill, Black head, Rose colored "v" on chest Black back, white rump, white patches on wings
Behaviors: All three seen with Evening and Black-headed Grosbeaks, feed on the ground and also from suet and oranges placed in yard. Molting birds seem to be more aggressive..actively chasing off other birds...while full adult seems to avoid confrontation
Call: Heard...similar to American Robin...but sweeter
Plumage: 1 Adult Breeding, 2 Sub-adult or molting

Similar Species Discussion

Unmistakable. As all are males cannot be mistaken for Evening or Black-headed Grosbeaks

Resources Used

Sibley's and Petersons

Previous Experience

Have had the birds on the backyard previous years.


Notes made DURING observation

Additional Information

Comments: Although we have had single birds and some females in prior years this is the first time we have had them stay for this extended period of time. They are usually here for a very short time. Did not realize until recently that they are are on state review list. Am including photos of all 3 birds as each has distinct plumage
Time: Throughout the day
Elevation: 7000
Other Dates: all three birds have been seen every day, including today, May 22nd.
Nearest Town: La Veta
Independent Observers: Paul and Polly Neldner

Materials Available

Photographer: Polly Wren Neldner

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Date Documentation Submitted

5/22/2011 10:41:00 PM
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