Rose-breasted Grosbeak Crazyness
Today I headed over to a local elementary school and did a mini banding demo for some 2nd and 3rd graders. This was a very fun day with 30+ kids who were excited about birds and I was sooo happy to catch a Rose-breasted Grosbeak for them. This is a hatch year (born this year) Rose-breasted Grosbeak who is in its basic (winter) plumage. The red/yellow on the under wing coverts is the easiest way to determine the sex of the bird. Males have red and females have the yellow on their under wing covert. I just love the berry mess on this birds bill.
The kids were such a wonderful group and I just loved how enthused they were over this Grosbeak. This was part of an after school “birding” class where they learn about birds, take care of 3 bird feeders on school property and just have fun talking about birds. I wish I could give this school an award for excellence . . . . because they truly deserve it for their wonderful programs that they do (great work Linda and everyone else)!!
The Happy 2nd and 3rd Graders (Ya, and me): Photo by Linda O