The Baltimore Orioles were supposed to arrive early this year (according to people who know their birds), but came late instead. Normally they arrive right around May 1, but this year Judy saw our first Oriole on Thursday, May 5. Perhaps our topsy turvy spring weather first hastened and then delayed their arrival.
Here’s a Baltimore Oriole on one of our backyard feeders. For Orioles I put out grape jelly and oranges. As you can see, the grape jelly cup is empty, and our Oriole looks impatient for another serving.
The Rose Breasted Grosbeaks come at roughly the same time as the Orioles. This year they showed up a day or two earlier. The Grosbeaks don’t have the Orioles’ sweet tooth (sweet beak?), they go for safflower or sunflower seeds.
Yes, that is a new Oriole feeder in the picture above. Some people buy sweaters for their French poodles, I buy feeders for Orioles. I fear that in doing so I forfeit the right to make fun of the people who buy sweaters for poodles.
Oriole and Grosbeak, dining companionably together.
A squirrel wants to join the party, but is prevented by the squirrel baffle from doing so.
In addition to the Orioles and Grosbeaks, we’ve been seeing lots of White-Crowned Sparrows in the back garden, and I also think I saw a Black and White Warbler. Haven’t seen any White-Throated Sparrows, though.
How’s the spring bird watching been in your garden this year?