We have an amazing Tulip post coming, but I’m not posting it until Wednesday because 1) Judy took so many beautiful pictures of Tulips that even after I whittled them down, there were still almost 50 which is too many, so I need to work some more on photo elimination; and 2) we have bird news.
Namely, that our subtropical bird migrants started returning to our garden this past weekend. In fact, I put grape jelly out for the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday and the next day: there they were. This is really one of those moments that establishes that spring has well and truly arrived.
Here’s a female.
Baltimore Orioles are probably my favorite avian migrant in the garden. They show up around the beginning of May and stick around until September or so. Mostly they live in the tree tops, but they descend regularly to snack on grape jelly and oranges.
Sometimes I feel like maybe I encourage the Orioles to have a junk food diet, but here Judy has caught one feeding on the buds of Silver Maple.
Oh, and we also saw an Orchard Oriole over the weekend, but Judy didn’t get any pictures.
Waiting impatiently for his turn at the jelly is the Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. This is another bird that arrives around the beginning of May.
Unfortunately, Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks only hang around in the garden for a couple of weeks.
In other bird news, I’m pleased to announce that a Black-Capped Chickadee pair has taken up residence in the blue birdhouse.
On a good year there are a number of other colorful migrants that show themselves right around Mother’s Day. We’ll let you know who makes an appearance this time.
Are you seeing any newly arrived birds in your garden?
Next post: Tulips on Parade.