Need a little more color in your yard?
So excited to welcome them home.
After a couple of weeks of warm weather here in the Pacific Northwest, sure that the migrational family would take advantage of this nice weather to arrive. I stand corrected. All it took was a little rain, surprise, next morning awoke to more yellow in our yard than Tweetie Bird detouring Sylvester the Cat!
Between the arrival of migratory Yellow Finches, and the Evening Grosbeaks, our feeders have been depleted at an alarming rate. Hence another trip to the feed store for black oil sunflower seed.
I swear I heard the male calling from the treetops for two days before a sweet community of birds arrived in mass. MaleEvening Grosbeak come to the feeder and then calls the female in. Couples eat together, the family eats together, it is a family affair.
Don and I were just commenting yesterday under the canopy of our Sweet Gum trees. It sounds like we live in an aviary.
Remember to keep your oranges out for Orioles, haven't heard any reports that they have arrived.
Your Hairy Woodpeckers delight in the suet year round and help to keep the tree bugs at bay.
Hanging a secondary humming bird feeder is always appreciated and keeps the hummer wars at bay.
A pair of evening grosbeaks (female at left, male at right) photographed in Oregon.
Large heavyset finch with a very thick, conical bill. Adult males are yellow and black birds with a prominent white patch in the wings. Note Bright-yellow stipe over the eye.
The female is no less stunning. She's coy and expecting of the male's neighborhood influence which ushers her to the best feeder in town. Their hierarchy is less aggressive than some of the smaller backyard birds. Perfectly suited to share the seed catcher net at the bottom of our feeders.
To Date, I have not yet had an Oriole arrive in my yard. (That I have seen)
The main issue would be that I wasn't prepared during their spring flight to attract them. Last summer, I set a reminder on my phone so that I would not lose the opportunity. Below are some photos from our yard and the clever idea to convert a yard ornament into an Oriole feeding station. The other birds did appreciate the grape jelly I offered.
My phone reminder has sounded it's time here in the Pacific Northwest to put out the yummies for our colorful friends.
Reminder: Now is the seasons (Mid Spring, Pacific Northwest) to Get your bait out, for a wonderful summer display.