Yes, the goldfinches are (finally) back -- we're getting on the order of 20 males out in those sumacs now and again, most every day.-- and a goldfinch!
Man, those indigo buntings are gorgeous things.
- Like all other blue birds, Indigo Buntings lack blue pigment. Their jewel-like color comes instead from microscopic structures in the feathers that refract and reflect blue light, much like the airborne particles that cause the sky to look blue.
Believe it or not: Orioles LOVE oranges. We slice them in half and put them in the suet cage.I love this time of year.
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male Baltimore Oriole
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female Baltimore Oriole
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immature male Baltimore Oriole
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two displaying tom turkeys
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two indigo buntings
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Indeed. Good point.Believe it or not: Orioles LOVE oranges. We slice them in half and put them in the suet cage.
Indeed. Good point.
That is how we feed and accommodate them They always show up first at our hummingbird feeders -- that's our signal to put out oranges.
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(unfortunately, most of the photos I have of orioles on the orange halves this year are pretty crummy images; sorry!)
My understanding is that the attraction to oranges is a phenomenon correlated to their migration and early breeding season. Eventually, they lose their extreme interest in oranges.
Interesting. We had them for about two weeks, at the hummingbird feeder first and then we put out the orange feeder. Have not seen one since. We do still hear them in the neighborhood so I assumed they were just off building nests.
That's their M.O. in northern New England, too.
I miss those. Very entertaining birds, and I think they just might help with mosquitoes. Bats too. Never really see them around here.We get a family of swallows every spring on our back patio. We're going to be closing that patio in, and knocking a living room wall out in the next few years, I'll have to build them a box so they have somewhere to nest every year. They make a bit of a mess, but it's easy enough to clean when they leave in the summer, so I don't mind too much. It's so much fun to watch them fly around the yard in the evenings.
We also have a lot of bats fly around in the evenings, those are my favorites to watch.
I miss those. Very entertaining birds, and I think they just might help with mosquitoes. Bats too. Never really see them around here.
Another reason to like Texas ! A few years ago we took the trailer down to a place in northern Idaho. The south side of the property bordered a pasture. We'd stand near that side and as the sun went down the bats came out and they would zoom around us (within 6 - 8 feet at times) on their foraging for bugs. Fascinating.