The first week of May, especially the 5th (Cinco de Mayo), was an amazing time for bird sightings here on the farm. Following a light rain the night before and welcome summer-like temperatures, I was able to see and to take some photos of “new” birds that I associate with summer.
Looking through the front window around 8:00 a.m., I noticed an orange, black and white bird on the ground of one of my front yard bird enclosures. It was an Eastern Towhee. I will include the photo in the group below as many people have never seen one even though it is only a “record shot”, certainly not a prize-winner. I saw one last fall but only once.the Towhee in the photo must have been passing through and dropped in for a quick bite of bird seed and a drink after a long journey.
Later the same morning I saw 2 male Rose Breasted Grosbeaks, a Ruby Throated Hummingbird, a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet and numerous White Crowned Sparrows. It seemed that all of these birds had arrived here the same day! Later that morning, I was amazed to see a male Baltimore Oriole trying unsuccessfully to drink from one of the hummingbird feeders! I had put them out about 2 weeks ago although the weather was very cool at the time. I had decided to wait until the weather warmed up to put out the oriole feeder which has the necessary perches for orioles to drink the water/sugar “nectar”. I guess it is better to be too early rather than too late. I saw the oriole again yesterday feasting on the half oranges that I had set out for him. Last year there was a pair so perhaps a female will arrive in the next few days. I hope so!
I have included photos of a few other birds that arrived in the past 3 weeks. The most beautiful to me was the Purple Finch!
So glad you are on bird watch and able to take pictures. I love to see the baltimore oriols.
Hope you and Joe are well.
Things are going well at the farm and we are enjoying the many birds this spring.
I love all the photos, I also love the Oriole. Their colour is so vibrant. Hope you and Joe are well. Hope to talk to you soon
Today I noticed a second Baltimore Oriole as the 2 were flying together. I have added 2 more Oriole feeders. Hope that might keep them around.
As always Jane your beautiful photos always put a smile on my face.
The magic of the return of so many birds signals Spring has arrived and summer is just around the corner.
I watch those amazing hummingbirds at the cottage and never cease to be amazed at the great journey they travel every year.
You usually do have a big smile. Glad that Spring is making it better. Enjoy this improved weather and maybe a long weekend at the cottage?
Great shots, Jane! You certainly have a large variety of bird species! I’m going to put out some oranges and see if the orioles will stop here. We have lots of different birds this year also, but I have never seen some of the birds you have there around here, even though I think we are within their territory.