WEll !!! This has been our SECOND surprise visitor to our humming bird feeder!
This morning.. after capturing some great shots of our little hummers.. so early in spring, and visiting with them all morning, I heard an unusual bird song out my patio door.
I was so surprised to see this GIANT BIRD sitting on the feeder, lapping up the nectar like the little Hummers!!
Of course it wasn't "Giant" at all, Maybe 6 or seven inches in length, but compared to the little Anna's, it looked pretty BIG on those little perches!
Don't quote me at all.. but I think it is either a Yellow Warbler, or a Northern Oriole. I am leaning towards an Oriole, because of the black spot under its chin and atop his forehead. And he sings like an Oriole.
He guarded that feeder all day long today. Chased some red-breasted house finches away from getting too close to it.
Spring is definitely here in the Deserts.. and the beautiful Orioles are back. So exciting when they remember where they got some treats before.. and come back to you each year.
This is a Hooded Oriole. I've seen it around a few times, and took this picture from inside of my kitchen window! Yes.. Clean your windows.. and try it! LOL.. Such a beautiful song they bring to the yard.
I only have a short time of the season, in which I can put Orange slices onto the branches.. or set some jelly out for the Orioles, because of the ants. I have moats for the HB feeders.. but they too suffer when the bees.. come.
Even despite the bee guards.. because the woodpeckers get on the feeders and tip them then lap up the juice.. and then the bees can just stick to the feeders! Its awful. Does anyone have any suggestions?