Okey-dokey, it may be time to show the birds in my garden, at least the newcomers this year. This was the first time Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have made the garden home. There are three breeding pairs visiting daily and they really kicked the color in the garden up a notch. Check out the birds visiting…
The female is dull in comparison to the male and some males have a more vibrantly colored breast than others. One male in the garden has such a bright breast patch.
The Baltimore Orioles are also visiting, but not nesting pairs like so many other birds. I was told by the birders they prefer Welches Grape Jelly, so I will be getting that for them besides the fruit I put out. I do have a post on the Orioles nesting coming up from a birdwatching trip. Had an experienced birder not pointed it out, my friend and I would have never found it.
The Red-Tailed Hawk was attracted to all the flying color too. He went away hungry though.
We have the Wood Thrush too. Some very unusual birds in the garden this year.
The finches are more common, yet have not been quite as numerous as they are this year. There must be five breeding pairs of Goldfinch and at least eight of the House Finch.
The breeding plumage of birds at this time of year is stunningly wonderful. I have bluejay and cardinal pairs, along with nuthatches and Downy Woodpeckers. They have been regulars for years.
What I have to say that really is fortunate, the starlings and grackles are keeping out the House Sparrows. I am really surprised at this too. If not for the pesky squirrels, the garden would be my happy place. The goldfinch below is snarling at a squirrel.
It seems to be a larger selection and number of birds this year compared to years past and I was wondering if others have experienced this? It is not a change in food offered either.
I am still in PA having a wonderful time visiting a few well-known gardens. Maybe a few new birds will find my lens. See you soon.