I saw a black-and-white bird at my feeder with a red triangle on the breast. What is it?

April 1, 2009
Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are handsome migrants that turn up in eastern and central backyards in the spring. Photo by Sue Bishop via Birdshare. Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are handsome migrants that turn up in eastern and central backyards in the spring. Photo by Sue Bishop via Birdshare.
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We always know spring is here when we get this question. It means the Rose-breasted Grosbeak is migrating north. We follow its migration as emails arrive, first from Florida and then a few days later from South Carolina or Tennessee. Take a look at the All About Birds Online Bird Guide and you’ll learn more about this beautiful migrant.

You can also try to identify a mystery bird by using our Merlin Bird ID app. The Merlin app asks a series of questions, like where you are located, and the colors of the bird, and then gives you a list of possible birds you may be seeing.

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