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A wild critter we spotted in the RVA area and a critter up for adoption by SPCA.

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Where Spotted: Reedy Creek
Common Name: Blue Grosbeak
Scientific Name: Passerina caerulea
Length: 5.9-6.3 in (15-16 cm)
Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz (26-31 g)
Wingspan: 11.0 in (28 cm

Quick Facts (Cornell Lab)

  • According to genetic evidence, the Lazuli Bunting is the Blue Grosbeak’s closest relative.
  • In the southern part of the Blue Grosbeak’s breeding range, each mated pair may raise two broods of nestlings per year.
  • Many Blue Grosbeaks migrate directly southward from their breeding areas to their wintering grounds. Western birds head over land and eastern birds cross the Gulf of Mexico. Migrating grosbeaks pass through the Caribbean Islands including Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, the Turks and Caicos Islands, the Antilles, the Swan Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Blue Grosbeaks breed along roads and open areas, building their nests low in small trees, shrubs, tangles of vines, or briars. At least one pair of grosbeaks has nested in a bluebird nest box.
  • Blue Grosbeaks have expanded northward in the United States in the past century or two, possibly taking advantage of forest clearing.
  • The oldest Blue Grosbeak on record was a male, and at least 7 years, 2 month old when he was recaptured and rereleased during banding operations in Virginia.

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GoGo at Richmond SPCA

Age: 16 years, 2 months
Gender: Neutered Male
Color: Tan
Size: L (dog size guide)
ID: 50556090

Good evening to you. My name is GoGo and I am a dapper gentleman. I am polite to a fault and believe good manners to be the height of a sophisticated society. I strongly believe my look would be complete with a monocle and top hat, but unfortunately there is none to be found at this lovely shelter. Could you come take me home so we can put the finishing touches on my distinguished self? Much obliged!

Adopt GoGo at Richmond SPCA

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