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Normally I put grape jelly out for the orioles in the spring. They usually hang around for a couple of weeks before going off to raise their young. This year I kept putting Jelly out and a variety of birds turned up to eat it.

 

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Baltimore Oriole

Normally I put out some grape jelly in the spring when the Baltimore Orioles return. I usually take the feeders down once the orioles have gone off to nest since they don’t seem to be interested in feeding on the jelly. This year I kept a small feeder up and it turns out that other birds also like the grape jelly. The Red-bellied Woodpecker really likes it and he turns up multiple times during the day.

The Rose-breasted Grosbeaks also like grape jelly.

Even an occasional Baltimore Oriole turns up at the feeder.

 

It was raining our so I decided to stick around home and photograph the birds that were showing up to my feeders.

American Goldfinches

Baltimore Oriole

Chipping Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

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

Two days ago the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks returned. Yesterday the Baltimore Orioles returned for the summer. It’s probably not surprising that both species returned at the same time because they share a winter in Central America.

When the grosbeaks returned I figured it was time to put out an oriole and hummingbird feeder. Sure enough the next morning there was a female Baltimore Oriole at the feeder followed a little later by a male. I decided it was time to get out the Grape Jelly and put up the grape jelly feeder. I still had a supply of grape jelly from last year. I stocked up at the end of the season because grape jelly was hard to find last year because there were so many Baltimore Orioles around.

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

Alfalfa

We have been remodeling the house for the past couple of weeks so most of my photography has been limited to the farm. However, there are lots of interesting things to photograph. The prairie has quite a few wildflowers, Butter-and-eggs, Canadian Goldenrod, Evening Primrose, Purple Coneflowers, Wild Catnip, Black-eyed Susans, and my favorite Alfalfa. I like Alfalfa because, with judicious mowing, I can photography it from early June until frost.

Monarch Butterfly

There are also an abundance of butterflies in the prairie. I have allowed a large number of milkweed plants to grow and I am seeing more Monarch Butterflies than I’ve seen in the past. There are also sulphurs, Red Admirals, Great Spangled Fritillaries and a few others.

Baltimore Oriole

Of course there are still summer birds around although some of them have already left. The Eastern Bluebirds and Red-breasted Grosbeaks are now gone for the season. I have at least one family of Baltimore Orioles visiting the feeder. This is the first time they have stayed around longer than a couple of weeks. In the past month they have eaten over a gallon of grape jelly. I’ve noticed several other birds partaking of the jelly as well.  I have quite a few House Finches and American Goldfinches visiting the feeder. The Ruby Throated Hummingbirds are the most abundant birds at the feeders right now and they are going through about several gallons of sugar water every week. Goldfinches and the house finches have been feeding on some catnip that I planted.

More shots from the last few weeks on the farm can be found on my website.