Young Baltimore Oriole

Young Baltimore Oriole

It’s been awhile, but I’ve been lazy…no other excuse. Here is a photo of a young Baltimore Oriole which I believe is a male, lst year. So far, we’ve had the orioles at our jelly feeder and hummingbird nectar feeder each day. I love to hear their chatter when they come in for a landing.

Bold and Beautiful

Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak

When these Grosbeaks arrive in the Springtime the males are so striking looking. Truly bold and beautiful to me. It’s been over a week now and I still haven’t seen them around. We usually have them all summer long, so hopefully they’re just down the street in some other yard and will come back to our pond and bird feeders soon. I’ll be sure and post a female Grosbeak in the days to come. She is also quite the looker.

Real or Stuffed??

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

This male Rose-breasted Grosbeak looks almost like a stuffed bird then the real deal. Couldn’t resist putting this fluffy guy up on today’s blog. It’s funny, but the lst few days these birds came in they were around all the time, but I haven’t seen them in the past few days. Here I thought, once these migrants found our backyard they would be here all summer long. Maybe they are just coming out when I’m not looking. I sure hope so, because both the male and female are attractive to watch. Keep your fingers crossed that I see them today.

Black-throated Green Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Each day this Spring when I sit outside and see all the birds come visit the pond and birdbaths I pick one bird for my “bird of the day” and this was the bird I picked that certain day, a Black-throated Green Warbler. It seems no matter where I looked on this day I was able to capture this bird through my camera lens. It’s rather funny, but I rarely see the female warblers, except for the Yellow-rumped warbler, because they are so dull looking compared to their male counterparts. I wonder if I’ve ever seen the female Black-throated warbler, but I’d like to think I have but just didn’t notice. I’m just thrilled that this year, I was able to see this warbler several times up close and personal.

Happy Mothers Day!

Northern Parula

This is a Northern Parula and another favorite warbler that comes through our yard at springtime. This small bird hung around only a couple of days, but I was able to see him several times and it’s always a plus when I get to photograph them. This little guy is sitting on an angel statue that I have in honor of my Mom and Dad, so it seemed somewhat appropriate to put this photo up today on my blog.  Happy Mother’s Day to all of you wonderful Mother’s out there.

How About a Little Orange…

Male Baltimore Oriole

It seems the Baltimore Orioles are coming in droves to eat out of the jelly dish (they love the grape jelly) and drink out of the hummingbird nector feeder.  They are a lot of fun to watch as they come in with other orioles and vocalize like crazy as to who gets what lst. I know we have our red cardinals all year long, but it’s so refreshing to see this brilliant orange and black bird fly in and what a treat to have them here all summer long.

Talk about Blue…

Indigo Bunting

This male Indigo Bunting showed up last week and has been really good showing himself to me, where as in the past, he has been very skittish. This is one bird that sticks out like a sore thumb when flying through the greenery. Can’t seem to get enough looks at this beautiful bird. I think this year I’ll be able to get better close-ups and sharper pictures of this breed since he’s seems so friendly this year.

A Long Journey…

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This Ruby-throated Hummingbird looked plumb tuckered out when they arrived last Thursday. I had to laugh, but I seriously believed he/she was exhausted after their long trip North. These tiny birds give me so much pleasure all summer long.  Again, this year they will be competing with the Baltimore Orioles for nector. It doesn’t matter that I have a separate feeder for the orioles, they still prefer going to the hummingbird feeder. Welcome back you beautiful little birds!

Bath Time…

This female Cardinal must have a hot date tonight with Mr. Right. It’s so fun to watch all of the birds come to the pond and bathe. At least I don’t have to keep refilling the birdbaths. Each and every time a Robin gets into our birdbaths we have to refill them. It will be another day spent outside since the weather has finally turned nice and maybe I’ll see Ms. Cardinal with her mate today bathing together.

Tennessee Warbler

This is another Warbler that came through last week and usually spends quite a bit of time in our area. I like how I was able to get this photo while he was peeking out of the greenery. Thank goodness this arborvitae is right next to our pond and birdbath. The weather has not been too nice lately with quite a bit of rain and cold, but hopefully that will turn around this week and maybe with warmer temps and southerly breezes we’ll see more warblers in the yard.

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