Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Late Oriole...

I saw a late female Bullock's Oriole a day or two ago; I've not seen one for weeks. I'm so happy I drilled out some of the ports on the hummingbird feeders. While I missed if she had a chance to feed on nectar, it was available to her; she's in for a long migration home to the tropics, too!



Such a pretty thing...

2 comments:

scienceguy288 said...

Nice to see them these latecomers. A little bit of joy before they all leave.

Beverly said...

Yeah...soon they all leave; last September, I remembering wondering what happened to all the birds! Most of the birds we see (and think of ‘our own’) spend less than half their time here in the States; going back and forth to places like Mexico and South America where the winters are warm and full of bugs and spring up north where the bugs hatch by the billions for the short season, but long days there.

Still, I am learning to welcome the difference winter brings; both to gardening and to birding. With gardening…I get a respite; with the birds, I see a whole different batch. Only with the cold and snow do I see Rosy Finches, White-crowned Sparrows, and Purple and Cassin’s Finch…or even the little Juncos. In fact, Dark-eyed Juncos are often called the Winter Bird.

Cool, huh? It’s also mostly during the winter that I see hawks and other predators drawn to the feeders; not often, but occasionally. I don't mind...