ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS, a common migrant in Missouri and rare summer resident of the Ozarks, have arrived for spring. Diane Smithey snapped this photo of two males and a female congregating at her birdfeeder Monday on Kody Drive in West Plains. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, this species' population has declined over the last 50 years due to changes in and loss of habitat. To help the birds thrive, MDC encourages state residents to plant fruit-bearing trees and shrubs to provide a food source. Recommended are red cedar, black cherry, blackberry, serviceberry, elderberry and flowering dogwood. The birds also eat insects, flower and leaf buds and seeds.

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