Blue Grosbeak

Blue Grosbeak, Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, DelawareI came across this blue grosbeak in Delaware a few years back. They don’t range much farther north than that in the summertime. The rest of the year they can be found in warmer climates throughout Central America. The blue grosbeak is very similar to the indigo bunting, but is larger, has a more robust beak and has the rust markings on the wings.
Nikon D300 with Nikkor 200-400mm lens (at 400mm) ISO 400, f/5.6 at 1/320th of a second

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  1. Rick Derevan July 10, 2017 at 12:14 am #

    Gorgeous shot, Sean. We have them here, too, but I haven’t seen one yet this summer. Here’s hoping.

  2. Sue July 10, 2017 at 12:19 am #

    What a beautiful bird. Black-headed grosbeaks visit the feeders in our yard. They are different than the blue grosbeaks, but equally striking and they share a similar thick bill.

  3. michael huber July 10, 2017 at 1:42 am #

    great pic. ) do think these beaful blue birds ever make it to west coast, for the spring or summmer, down here in sourthern calif. ) around the sandiego area. ? ) great pic. kpeep up the good work. )

  4. Peter Butterfield July 10, 2017 at 8:20 am #

    —– In a thorne bush seen
    —– Blazing epaulets declare
    —– One sturdy birdie .

  5. Rachel Bellenoit July 10, 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Stunning shot and bird. We only have the rose-breasted here in New England, of which the male is also stunning.

  6. Angelina July 10, 2017 at 2:36 pm #

    Oh wow! Handsome fella!