Quickly, it got even better when this fancy fellow stopped by my all you can eat bird food buffet just 15 feet away from where I sat.
Knowing the time it can take to get through the Sunday paper I had my camera at my side. Glad of that I was!
And here it was, he was as it were. The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak is a beautiful bird I had never seen before, much less had a chance to photograph.
Smoothly and quietly I raised my camera.
He would leave but soon came back while I was still on the porch. And he would return for the next three or four days.
He took his time at the feeders. No ruffled feathers on this fine, poised fellow.
That morning I shared my new “lifer” bird encounter and images on various Facebook local, state and regional bird sites. I took video too (above) and shared that on social media as well.
I was thrilled to have this striking bird stop by my house for a few days. Hopefully, he will spread the word about good eats in my North Charleston neighborhood (Coosaw Creek) and he and others (a "gross" of Grosbeaks as they are collectively called) will return in the future!
From whatbird.com I learned that "grosbeak" is from the French word "grosbec" and means "large beak."
This is a wide-ranging bird. According to whatbird.com, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak "breeds from northeastern British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia to southern Alberta, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and New Jersey, and as far south as northern Georgia; regular visitor on the West Coast and winters from central into northern South America."