By Pat Pepper
On May 1st around 6 p.m., I was looking at the birdfeeders behind the Hiram Butler house. Sitting on the tray of the large wooden feeder was a male and female Rose-breasted grosbeak. There is a very small window of opportunity to see these birds at your feeder, so it is always exciting when opportunity turns into reality.
Rose-breasted grosbeaks only migrate through Georgia in spring and fall. A few of them, however, will stick around for the summer in Georgia’s higher elevations. I have seen them in the summertime in the trees around the parking lot at Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest elevation. If you have never been to Brasstown Bald, consider a day trip there. The views of the North Georgia mountains are spectacular, and you might even see another bird only found in that area of Georgia; the Common Raven. (more…)