Last week I had a special visitor at the feeder - a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I have seen Rose-breasted Grosbeaks before but haven't had the pleasure of hosting one at my feeding station. He seemed to be favoring the safflower seed above anything else.
I was curious to see the breeding range for these birds. The map below (from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) shows the summer, winter and breeding range of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I'm in the migration route here in my part of VA.
..looks like he was just passing through on his way up north. He hung around for a few days before leaving.
Click here to listen to their sound: