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The juvenile Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are some of the cutest birds around! If you are fortunate enough to have them in your backyard, you are definitely in for a treat. One of the easiest ways to tell the difference between an adult male and a juvenile are the colors. The juvenile does have black and red, but the color of the feathers are not as vibrant and more “splotchy” in nature. The two photos below show a nice difference between an juvenile (on the left) and an adult (on the right).

We have been very fortunate to have a good number of juvenile Grosbeaks this season. The juvenile female has been around constantly and has now “graduated” to eating in the feeder all by herself! The best way to attract the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks is by offering safflower and black oil sunflower seeds at your feeders. Now is the time to catch them in action because they will be migrating very soon!

Speaking of eating at the feeders, here is a cute video of the juvenile male enjoying a sunflower meal!

That’s it for now! Keep your feeders full, stay healthy, keep smiling, and we’ll see you next week as we look at different varieties of seed and feeders!

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