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#ABArare – Yellow Grosbeak – Arizona


On June 28, Durward Philip Hulce found and photographed an ABA Code 4 Yellow Grosbeak at his home in Cochise County, south of Rodeo, New Mexico. This is the second Yellow Grosbeak reported in Arizona this summer, the first from Miller Canyon was not made public until after the bird had left.

Photo by Durward Philip Hulse, used with permission

Photo by Durward Philip Hulce, used with permission

Access to this individual is unclear. The precise location has not yet been made public.

Yellow Grosbeak (often called Mexican Yellow Grosbeak) is known in the ABA Area from several records in Arizona and New Mexico. Because Yellow Grosbeak is known to be a cagebird, some reports are questioned on grounds of provenance, however, the species has an established pattern of vagrancy in the ABA Area in summer, and reports from May to August are often considered to have arrived naturally.

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Nate Swick is the editor of the American Birding Association Blog. A long-time member of the bird blogosphere, Nate has been writing about birds and birding at The Drinking Bird since 2007, but can also be found writing regularly at 10,000 Birds. In the non-digital world, he's an environmental educator and interpretive naturalist. He is also the author of Birding for the Curious. Nate lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Danielle, and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are being groomed to be birders.
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  • Morris, H

    Is this Cochise County Arizona, or south of Rodeo, NM?

  • Tom Ford-Hutchinson


  • Mary Warren

    I just saw one on my bird bath getting a drink in Northern Phoenix AZ, unfortunatly I didnt have a camera with me

    • Ken

      I have seen one three separate times in the past month at my home in Scottsdale near Fashion Square. He (or she) has been landing on my hummingbird feeder which is way too small for the size of the body. At first I wasn’t sure what it could be but I have positively I’d it – yellow head and body, black wings with the white markings, and the distinctive beak. It only stays for a few seconds and I haven’t been able to get a photograph – but I will keep trying.

  • Penny Calkins

    We have had a male and female that I believe are yellow grosbeaks, at our home for the last two weeks. They like to eat out of the hummingbird feeder. I have taken several photos, but only of the male. August 1, 2015

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