Cinco de Mayo…..So Many Bird Sightings!

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!

About janewalkerscards

Jane Walker is a Newcastle photographer who creates framed photographs, photo trays and matted greeting cards reflecting the beauty of nature and gardens. Her recent interest in birds, owls and other wildlife is now being reflected in her posts. As a member of the Oshawa Camera Club, Jane has started to enter some of her photos for judging and appreciates the critiques by the judges. You'll be surprised at what shows up under the guise of "janewalkerscards".
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7 Responses to Cinco de Mayo…..So Many Bird Sightings!

  1. judy says:

    Hi Jane

    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.


  2. Linda says:

    Hi Jane,
    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

  3. Mary says:

    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.
    Thank you

  4. Loreen says:

    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.

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