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Two opportunists or just one con-bird?


I was back out at Kensington this week, on a dreary and damp Wednesday morning. The birds were overjoyed to see us. And of course I have loads of images. Some are quite good.

But my question today is about one particular little bird. Or perhaps two.

We were still very near the nature center when a rose-breasted grosbeak demanded a treat. This is the first year I’ve ever seen a grosbeak come in for a hand held treat. But these days I often see, on Facebook, a picture of one enjoying himself. It kind of looks like the same bird I’ve fed out there.

And I wonder if there is only one that comes in to eat our treats, or if the entire rose-breasted population has figured out the secret.

So here’s the bird that ate from our hand near the nature center.

And here’s the bird that flew down from a high branch of a dead tree to get the last of the snacks just before we left for the day.

What do you think? Is it the same bird? Or did we have two hungry birds begging for attention?

Inquiring birders want to know.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

12 thoughts on “Two opportunists or just one con-bird?

  1. Pretty hard to tell. I looked for any distinctive markings and it sure seems like the same to me. Handsome fella!


  2. I keep looking at the red markings on his chest and they look like two different birds to me. In the second photo, that one red spot looks to have a bit more white space between it and the bigger red. But he looks a little angry. He might be telling me to just mind my own darn business, and can’t a fella eat in peace, for cryin’ out loud?!


  3. The markings seem awfully close. i think it’s the same one.


  4. I’m with Lois. Of course, I could just be seeing differences where there are none.


  5. Smart bird…hard to tell if it is the same bird! 🙂


  6. They are definitely similar!


  7. My bet is on one smart Grosbeak!


  8. Two birds with a bad hairday?


  9. I vote for “same” based on the chest color and markings. Either way, so cool!


  10. I’m starting to think that the bird we fed at the beginning of our walk might actually be two birds too.


  11. I think the bottom beak looks different on the first bird and it looks a little bit more scruffy? Maybe a younger one? Awesome close-up photos of it. You’re the bird whisperer!


  12. I think it’s two birds. The second picture and the fourth are the same bird if you look at the chest markings there is a blotch of red feathers to the right that is not on the other bird in the same place. Great Pics.


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