*First state record*. Essex, in a rain pool on a large lawn. Seen by many after first reported by Bill Meyers.
The male was perched in the same tree a couple feet above her. They copulated.
A spring-time grosbeak with faded-brown remiges--being the secondaries, primaries, inner greater coverts, primary coverts and alula--is a juvenile grosbeak, a first-cycle bird in its second-calendar year. The disheveled fresh feathers of the head and mantle are due to an ongoing prealternate molt. Concerning the flight feathers, two of the tertials are a result of preformative molt (having occurred sometime during June--December 2017 and perhaps later into winter 2018). Despite the worn condition of the tertials, their black coloration is in stark contrast with the older, faded-brown juvenile remiges. Thanks to the somewhat drooping position of the wing in photo number 1, the camera caught something noteworthy: the black contrast of the outer primaries (P7-P9). They too are a result of preformative molt. As Howell wrote, preformative molts have not been well studied, . . . but sometimes include tertials . . . but not other flight feathers. So I hope this photo has contributed its two bits to the ongoing unknowns of Rose-breasted Grosbeak molt.
I suppose no longer worthy of stop press status, since any day someone can find one in Missoula and post its presence these days / years. Anyway, this is day 38 for the male that is the first Thompson Falls record of this species (if female is still around, it will be her 31st day - and likely nesting).
eBird Canada Checklist S47282937 Status: Rare Normal Range: Europe, Asia and North Africa. Location: Spaniard's Bay (inc. estuary and mini park), Avalon Peninsula-St. John's County, Newfoundland and Labrador, CA Conditions: Cloudy with a moderate wind Equipment: Nikon D7200 Nikon AF-S 80-400MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR (handheld) Nice first bird species to photograph after arriving from Kingston, Ontario last evening. * 11th record for the province of NFLD
NOT VOCALIZING, JUST YAWNING. AT JEWETT JUNCTION.
Willie McHale told me where a particular field has a particular bird. So Maggie and I took a little bird walk to where Hawthorns and blooming Oleaster meet a wide sweep of weedy breeze-tangled grass. She could hear the peeping of the hidden babies. We never saw them---just the daddy.
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