With the spring song bird migration at it's peak here in VA, I spend a little extra time watching the backyard birdfeeders. You just never know what might show up. Last spring a rose-breasted grosbeak stopped by for a few days on his way up north. It was a first for me. This spring his cousin, the blue grosbeak decided to stop by for a few days - another first.
This was a juvenile male. Adult males are mostly all blue with brown wing bars.
The Blue Grosbeak, unlike the rose-breasted grosbeak, will spend its summer here in the south. In fact, they nest across most of the southern half of the US to northern Mexico. Winter months are spent in Central America.
Blue grosbeaks forage mostly on the ground for seeds and insects, as this one was doing. It was tough to get a decent photograph of this guy. I waited patiently for him to perch up on the birdfeeder he was under but he didn't want to cooperate; nevertheless, I enjoyed his company while it lasted.
For more bird photos, check out this weeks edition of Bird Photography Weekly #37.