The Blue Grosbeak is my latest 'life bird' spotted near the Angora goat pen at the Biltmore Estate's Farm Village.
It's a strikingly beautiful bird with deep blue color and two brown wingbars. The sturdy delta shaped beak in silver gray is the giveaway feature linking this bird to it's northern cousins.
The range of blue grosbeaks has expanded northward over several decades but it still is most commonly found in the Southeast.
The Blue Grosbeak's habitat includes fields at the forest edge, along power-line cuts, river banks, hedgerows and areas with medium sized trees and low shrub.
Preferred foods include insects, seeds, and -- I know from first hand experience--Angora goat feed.