Thursday, June 8, 2023

Blue Grosbeak


A male Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) atop his singing perch, a sprig of Yellow Sweet Clover. This impossibly good-looking bird is much easier to find in Ohio than it once was. During Ohio's first breeding bird atlas (1982-87) this was a rare bird found sparingly in our southernmost counties. Since then, the population has grown by nearly 12% annually and Blue Grosbeaks can be found routinely to Lake Erie. A colorful Exhibit A of a recent range expansion of a southern species. This one was in Franklin County, and I photographed it on June 4, 2023. I'm going to soon write a more in-depth piece on Blue Grosbeaks and their continuing northward range expansion for my Columbus Dispatch newspaper column and will post that here after it runs.

1 comment:

Jack and Brenda said...

That's a great photo of it. We spotted several of them in April at Fort Pickens National Park, near Pensacola. Lots of birders around who were sighting lots of birds passing through on their migration journey north.