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I watched as a Grey Catbird landed in the bird bath. There seemed to be some indecision as to weather it would take a bath or not. It finally dipped its head in to test the water before being fully committed.

 

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So far this year I’ve had Baltimore and Orchard Orioles at my grape jelly feeder. There is also a pair of Grey Catbirds nesting near the feeder and they also like the jelly. The occasional Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also stop at the jelly feeder. The Orioles are not happy when other birds are feeding at “their” feeder.

Baltimore Orioles

Orchard Oriole

Grey Catbird

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

A pair of Grey Catbirds had a nest near the feeders and they are frequent visitors to the Grape Jelly feeder.

Grey Catbird

Baltimore Orioles are also frequent visitors.

Baltimore Oriole

For a couple of weeks Orchard Orioles turned up at the feeders.

Orchard Oriole

The Red-bellied Woodpeckers also like grape Jelly.

Red-bellied Woodpecker

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.

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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I have a number of birds at my feeders. They Grey Catbirds have been around and are raising their young in a pine tree near the feeders. They have been battling the Blue Jays most of the summer. Apparently the jays go after the eggs and young of other birds.

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird

The goldfinches have been absent for much of the spring. I have no idea why but they have returned recently to feed on the thistle seeds.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been around most of the summer and have recently returned to the feeders with their young.

Rose-breasted Grosebeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The Baltimore Orioles were absent while they were raising their young. They have recently returned to the feeders in large numbers with their young.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

I have a few Chipping Sparrows around the feeders from time to time.

Chipping Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow

A couple of Grey Catbirds have been hanging around the feeders. They generally don’t feed except they do have a sweet tooth for the grape jelly I have out for the orioles. I’ve noticed they also have a problem with the occasional Blue Jays that come to the feeder. I can always tell if there is a Blue Jay around because of the posture of the Grey Catbirds.

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird

Blue Jay

Blue Jay

Large numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are currently at the feeders.

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

Rose Breasted Grosbeak

There are a fair number of American Goldfinches around. This is a change from the spring when they all but disappeared from my feeders.

American Goldfinch

American Goldfinch

The House Sparrows continue to appear at my feeders. The past few weeks they had their young with them and now the young seem to be feeding on their own.

House Sparrows

House Sparrows

The orioles have started to return to the feeders. They were here in large numbers and then left to raise their young. Now that the young are getting ready to fledge they have started to return. I would expect that they will return with their young with the next couple of weeks.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

The Downy Woodpeckers are around feeding on my suet. I have regular suet out that I got from the butcher shop but they much prefer the more expensive peanut butter suet.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Most of the birds are now off raising their young. The Baltimore and Orchard Orioles were at the feeders in large numbers but they have tailed off. Hopefully they are nesting in the area and will return to the feeders with their young.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Orchard Oriole

Orchard Oriole

The Grey Catbirds are nesting around the house in various evergreen trees and shrubs.

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The Chipping Sparrows are also nesting in the same evergreen trees. It might get crowded.

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The Woodpeckers are some of the most frequent visitors to my feeding stations. Hopefully they will be bringing their young to the feeders in the near future.

Downy Woodpecker

Downy Woodpecker

Red bellied Woodpecker

Red bellied Woodpecker

The Ruby-throated Humming birds are going through about a gallon of sugar water every few days.

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More bird photos can be found on my website.

On May 5th I saw my first Grey Catbirds of the season. They have been hanging out near my bird feeders and evergreens in front of the house.

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird

On the 6th of May I noticed that the Baltimore Orioles and the Humming birds had returned.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Ruby-throated Hummingbird female

Ruby-throated Hummingbird female

Today I noticed that the female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks had returned. The male grosbeaks returned last week. I also saw an Indigo Bunting at the feeder this afternoon.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak female

Rose-breasted Grosbeak female

Indigo Bunting

Indigo Bunting

The second week of May many of the spring birds returned to the farm. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, Grey Catbirds, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Song Sparrows all returned at about the same time.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks stayed around for a couple of weeks before they went off to raise their young. Occasionally I would see one at the feeder. This past week they started returning to the feeders in increasing numbers.

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

The pattern for the Baltimore Orioles was similar to that of the grosbeaks. They stayed around for a few weeks in large numbers. At one point I had 17 at my feeding stations and was going through a quart of grape jelly every day. The same thing happened last year. I also notice that they had nest building materials at the feeders. It was fun to watch them come to the feeder with nest building material and then have to decide whether to keep the nest building material or get some grape jelly. Usually the grape jelly won out. The important thing was that they were going to build nests which would mean they would return after raising their young. This past week they started to return for grape jelly.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

The Grey Catbirds stayed around the feeders and built a nest close to the house where they raised one fledgling which left the nest several weeks ago. They do feed at the feeders occasionally. Mostly they like the peanut butter suet and occasionally they will eat the grape jelly. The fledgling and the adults have been hanging around the house.

Grey Catbird

Grey Catbird

The Song Sparrows also built nests near the house but I haven’t been able to identify the fledgling birds. The Song Sparrows are a frequent visitor to the bird bath.

Song Sparrow

Song Sparrow

The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have stayed around although the past few weeks the numbers have declined. They are probably off raising their young.

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

I have noticed that a fledgling Downy Woodpecker has been hanging out at the suet feeder where the adult has been feeding it. The same thing had happened with a Red-bellied Woodpecker.

Downy Woodpeckers

Downy Woodpeckers

Red-bellied Woodpeckers

Red-bellied Woodpeckers