After at least a couple of years, I saw and had the opportunity to photograph this juvenile Blue Grosbeak. This was a really delightful treat for me side I used to have them nesting a few years ago in my backyard. Because of the shot visit, I only shot three photos of the bird, I hope that he’ll come back and see him again. I’m including a bit more information about this beautiful bird:
The Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea, , is a medium-sized seed-eating bird in the same family as the northern cardinal, “tropical” or New World buntings, and “cardinal-grosbeaks” or New World grosbeaks.
The male blue grosbeak is a beautiful bird, being almost entirely deep blue. The female is mostly brown.
This is a migratory bird, with nesting grounds across most of the southern half of the United States and much of northern Mexico, migrating south to Central America and in very small numbers to northern South America; the southernmost record comes from eastern Ecuador. It eats mostly insects, but it will also eat snails, spiders, seeds, grains, and wild fruits. The blue grosbeak forages on the ground and in shrubs and trees.
Text and photos © HJ Ruiz – Avian101