Thursday, July 21, 2016
Black-Headed Grosbeak or Hybrid
Sitting in my back yard I was having devotions when I saw this bird on the top dead branch of a tree about 100+ yards away. Looking up this bird in my bird book it resembles a Black-Headed Grosbeak. It probably is a juvenile bird because the dark head feathers are not complete. The range starts in Eastern Kansas And goes West. So this bird is exploring after getting its wings. The young are able to fly at 15 days.
The bird sometimes hybrids with Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. This birds range goes all the way to the Atlantic. The Great Plains was a barrier for western birds to cross over to the East. With the advent of farming and trees ranges expanding along creeks.ponds and man made lakes, some birds are making the journey across the plains.
"Bless the Lord, all you works of His,
In all places of His dominion;
Bless the Lord, O my soul!"
God is good and His works show His glory. Bless His holy name.