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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

new bird in town!

We just made an amazing discovery yesterday. We have a new bird visiting our bird feeder. We love it when we get new guests here. Maybe you have already had one of these, but we haven't ever gotten a bird like this so far. We weren't even sure what it was at first and had to look it up. (check out the link on the right sidebar for a great link) We feel pretty sure it is a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. It's a bit shy, so we had to be very careful when taking it's photo, but we did get some decent shots! See for yourself and then follow the link and listen to it's singing and learn more about this pretty breasted songbird. Isn't the markings gorgeous?


INTERESTING FACTS:

  • The nest of the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is so thinly constructed that eggs often can be seen from below through the nest.
  • The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak participates in incubation of the eggs, accounting for about 1/3 of the time during the day (the female incubates over night). Both sexes sing quietly to each other when they exchange places. The male will sing his normal song while near or actually on the nest.

1 comment:

stacy said...

wow! you got some great pictures! what a beautiful bird!

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Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary of the American Language defines Magnanimity as such:
MAGNANIM'ITY, n. [L. magnanimitas; magnus, great, and animus, mind.] Greatness of mind; that elevation or dignity of soul, which encounters danger and trouble with tranquillity and firmness, which raises the possessor above revenge, and makes him delight in acts of benevolence, which makes him disdain injustice and meanness, and prompts him to sacrifice personal ease, interest and safety for the accomplishment of useful and noble objects.