I had never seen such birds as these until they showed up at our feeders yesterday afternoon. They’re both males, in their full mating-season regalia. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are found in Southwest Virginia during the summer; the rest of the state only sees them during their annual migration between Central / South America and the northeast, the plains states, and a swath of Canada.
One of them slammed into our wall-to-wall picture window this morning. He was stunned but, after ten minutes of standing around, he managed to right himself and fly off. Time to get some some of those ultraviolet window stickers.
In other bird news, the hummingbirds are back. I’ve had several sightings of a ruby-throated hummingbird outside my window, so the feeders are up and waiting for their first customers.