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The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are eating most of my sunflower seeds.

Helping the Grosbeaks are the American Goldfinches. They are also eating most of the thistle seeds.

At the start of summer the Baltimore Orioles were absent from the feeders while they raised their young. They have now returned with their young.

Red-bellied Woodpeckers have been at the feeders all summer eating   suet, sunflower seeds and grape jelly.Downy woodpeckers have also been at the feeders.

The Grey Catbirds have a nest near the feeders and spend a lot of time eating grape jelly.

Mourning Doves spend a lot of time under the feeders cleaning up the mess.

Northern Cardinals are around year around.

Just as we were about to leave on vacation the orioles and hummingbirds returned for the summer. We only saw a couple of them but knew more would be following. We put out a couple of large containers of grape jelly for the orioles and all of my feeders for the humming birds. When we returned the orioles had eaten all of the grape jelly and the humming birds had just about emptied their feeders. I put out some grape jelly and filled the humming bird feeders but there have only been a few around. Typically they come and eat for a week or two then go off to raise their young. I would expect to see them back in large numbers as summer begins.

Orchard Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

This past week it was really warm out and the orioles were really interested in taking a bath in my bird bath.

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Odds and ends photographs from the farm.

Monarch Caterpillar and Friend

Monarch Caterpillar and Friend

Milkweed Leaf

Milkweed Leaf

Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

Baltimore Oriole Fledgling

House Fly

House Fly

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Bluebird

Eastern Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

House Finch

House Finch

Hairy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker

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Eastern Bluebird male

Eastern Bluebird female

Eastern Bluebird female

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

We had several storms move through yesterday. After the storms moved through I enjoyed watching the birds. The Baltimore Orioles seemed to have problems staying dry ad did the female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks.

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The last of the spring birds have returned to the farm.

Two weeks ago a Rose-breasted Grosbeak turned up at the farm.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

Rose-breasted Grosbeak male

This past week my wife saw a Ruby-throated Hummingbird and a Baltimore Oriole. So far there appear to be only a couple of birds.

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird male

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Tree Swallows have also returned are are checking out the housing situation. This year I added more bird houses so I hope there will not be fights between the Bluebirds and the swallows.

Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow

It was almost as if the summer birds could read the calendar. On September 1st I noticed that a large number of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds disappeared from my feeders. There are still some around but I was feeding them once per day and now it is down to twice per week with fewer feeders out. The ones that are around are probably passing through from up north.

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At about the same time I noticed that there were fewer Baltimore Orioles at my feeders. They also seem to be leaving. In the spring when these two species arrive the typically arrive within a day or two of each other. The same appears to be true when they leave. This is one of the last to leave.

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Some time ago I received an e-mail with “Your Grateful Dead Photo” as the subject line. Since I don’t have any photo of the Grateful Dead I could only assume it was a scam so I didn’t bother to open the e-mail. I received several other e-mails with the same subject line over the next couple of weeks  and ignored them as well.

Several weeks later I received a message on my blog from Rhino Entertainment Company Inquiring about the use of one of my photos on the cover on a boxed set of Grateful Dead Songs entitled “Grateful Dead: Spring 1990: The Other One”

As it turned out they wanted a license to use a line drawing of this photo as part of the artwork for one of the CD covers. It wasn’t one of my better photos but it fit their needs.

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The artwork for the  CD cover featured a Baltimore Oriole in the upper right corner.

This fledgling House Sparrow had just finished taking a bath.

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A female Orchard Oriole looked a little lonely at my bird feeder.

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Nap time for a fledgling House Sparrow.

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A Grey Catbird heading for the nest with lunch.

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An Eastern Bluebird caught after taking a bath.

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A Baltimore Oriole waiting for its turn at the feeder.

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