A friend emailed me today asking if I knew what the attached bird is. It has been in his backyard for about 3 weeks at his feeder in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. I immediately thought rose-breasted grosbeak but I'm not aware of hearing of any in Santa Clara County. I double checked Sibleys and it is unmistakable. I also checked with my go to expert, Rick Herder, and he said he thought they have been seen in Monterey county but couldn't remember any in SCC in a while.
Unfortunately, my friend is not a birder and couldn't quite understand my excitement. He is not willing to share his address so the photo will have to suffice as proof. I hope to go there Monday to get a better look but (uggghhh) I'm in Vancouver WA. now I hope the bird hangs around for a few more days.
Does anyone have a better idea of how rare this bird is and when the last one was seen in SCC?