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.
Last week I saw my first Chipping Sparrow at my feeder.
Yesterday the first of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks returned.
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.
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.
The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have been around most of the summer and have recently returned to the feeders with their young.
The Baltimore Orioles were absent while they were raising their young. They have recently returned to the feeders in large numbers with their young.
I have a few Chipping Sparrows around the feeders from time to time.
It is not just the orioles that like grape jelly. I continue to find a variety of birds at the jelly feeder.
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.
Large numbers of Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are currently at the feeders.
There are a fair number of American Goldfinches around. This is a change from the spring when they all but disappeared from my feeders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On the 6th of May I noticed that the Baltimore Orioles and the Humming birds had returned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds have stayed around although the past few weeks the numbers have declined. They are probably off raising their young.
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.
A few bird shots from the last couple of weeks.
This was a great week for returning male birds. The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles and the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds returned for another season. So far none of the females have returned.
Every year, in the spring, the Baltimore Orioles and the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds arrive within a couple of days of each other. The difference is the orioles only stay for a few days and the hummingbirds are here for the rest of the summer. Some years the orioles will return, for a few days around the first day of summer, once their first young have fledged. Again they typically only stay for a few days and then they are off to create their second batch of young.
This year, when the adults returned to the feeder, they brought with them their three fledglings. As soon as they arrived I put out some grape jelly for them. Although they will drink sugar water they much prefer the grape jelly. Again this year the adults were only around for a few days but the three fledglings have now been around the feeder since the first week of summer. So far this summer they have gone through almost two gallons of grape jelly. They aren’t the only birds eating it but they eat most of it.
Unfortunately the past few days I’ve only seen two of the three fledglings. I did find some feathers on the front porch. I’m hoping they weren’t from one of the fledglings but they did look a bit like Baltimore Oriole feathers. I’m thinking one of them hit a window and the cat found it.