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Rose-breasted grosbeak        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Rose-breasted grosbeaks are striking birds native to the eastern parts of North America.   Occasionally one strays farther west; the fully breeding-plumage male was photographed at a feeder in Swall Meadows, a small mountain community on the east side of California's Sierra Nevada range.   The partly-molted male was at Big Morongo Reserve in the California desert.   Rose-breasted grosbeaks are close relatives of the more westerly-distributed black-headed grosbeak, many of which were visiting the same feeder.

  • Canon 1D4, 800 mm IS lens with 1.4X extender, fill-in flash (2011, 2012)