After a very slow start, flowers at our house are starting to bloom. Birds and insects must be happy to see this; I know I am. Click on pictures to enlarge.
When I started seeing orioles trying to drink out of the hummingbird feeders, I thought it was time to get an oriole feeder. I made one out of an old feeder by taking off the cage that holds the seeds and using it to hold oranges (the tray made a nice place for the grape jelly they love). That was a big hit, so I got another feeder. Now, we have orioles everywhere, which makes me pretty darn happy. Click on pictures to enlarge.
The house finches brought their babies by today. Click on pictures to enlarge.
I ventured out to the Wakarusa Wetlands yesterday morning and took in the cold rain/sleet/snow and wind. All I could think about was how privileged I am to get to warm up. Geese were diligently incubating while their partners guarded nearby; the coyotes seemed to be everywhere looking for a meal; new arrivals like the yellow-throated warbler, Baltimore oriole, and indigo bunting stayed deep within the brush. I could make out their colors as I walked by. I didn’t stay long as I felt my presence there was just one more thing they all had to worry about when conserving energy was so very important. Click on pictures to enlarge.
Today was a great day for seeing little birds. With the south wind and warm weather, spring arrivals were everywhere. I hope they all do well over the next few days of rain and cold. I saw my first of the season Baltimore oriole, numerous warblers, FOS Eastern kingbird, and more little blue-gray gnatcatchers than I could count. While they were just too fast for pictures, I also got great looks at indigo and painted buntings, a summer tanager, and an American redstart. What a day for colorful birds! Click on pictures to enlarge.