Re: Grosbeak male
They are back! I actually saw one 2 days ago, but this is the first one that stayed more than a moment at the feeder. They will only be here for a few days. Then, I will see them again in the fall.
Downy Woodpecker male
They are back!!!! This is the earliest ever. Last year I had my feeder out for the week before May and only got my first one on May 2. Because of the rain, I didn't put my feeder out until this morning, this year, and I got my first one this evening. I watched all day.
The Orchard Oriole swaps the typical flame-orange of other orioles for a deep, burnished russet. Hopping among riverine shrubs or scattered trees, male Orchard Orioles sing a whistled, chattering song to attract yellow-green females. The smallest of North America’s orioles, it gleans insects from foliage and builds hanging, pouchlike nests during its brief breeding season, and then heads back to Central America for the rest of the year. Orchard Orioles also feed on fruit and nectar in orchards, gardens, and elsewhere.
This child could not figure out how to eat out of my feeder, which really makes me want to switch back to my old feeder, but it has been so nice not spending money on Grackles. I need to hold steady and hope she figures it out, I guess.