For the past 15 days this brightly colored Baltimore Oriole has been serenading us with his beautiful song, as he feeds in our 2 large Maples, and other trees in the garden.
He's quite a friendly little fellow.
He was peeking down at me here from the big Maple.
Then he lifted his head to the sky and warbled his lovely tune.
Have you ever heard an Oriole's song? Listen here at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website, All About Birds, if you'd like to. It's not quite as exciting as hearing it in person, but it will give you an idea. He sings very loudly so that he can be heard from quite a distance. Perhaps he's trying to attract a mate. We haven't seen a little lady yet. I hope one shows up and they nest close by. We had a nesting pair 2 summers ago, across the road in the hedgerow, where we'd often see and hear them chasing crows away from their nest.
I put orange quarters out on the tray feeders for him, but I haven't seen him eating them. I also hung an orange Oriole feeder containing sugar water, but he hasn't shown any interest in that either. I've only once seen him settle for an instant on the tray, but he saw me watering plants on the porch and immediately flew away. He may have investigated the orange quarters when I wasn't watching, but it doesn't look as though they've been pecked at.
So my efforts to bring him closer haven't worked yet. Nevertheless, we've enjoyed our glimpses of him in the maples, and the zoom lens allows us to see a little more detail.
I'm not finding much time to blog or visit lately, but will try to catch up with you all gradually. I do have a quick look at what you're up to in my bloglines when time allows, and I think of you often. Do you find yourselves doing that? These blogging friendships are amazing to me. Thanks so much for all your comments, and a very big thank you from my husband for all the friendly birthday wishes! He enjoyed each and every one of them :)