Since the warmer weather has been hanging around, I started taking down the bird feeders and washing them out. I had the kids helping refill the ground feeders, tube feeders and suet blocks. The girls get a kick out of which birds they attract to the yard. The have hung up some homemade pine cone feeders along the back of the yard which feed the squirrels, lol.
We have our binoculars and bird book out and handy so we can mark down which ones come in the yard. So far, we have seen Blue Jays, Robins, Goldfinches, Cardinals and Bluebirds. Quite a spectacle of color. The kids start screaming every time they see another one! I’m glad the birds are used to girls screaming otherwise we would never see any birds.
So today I had the doors opened to let in some fresh air, I heard a lot of singing in the front yard. I walked over to the window and seen a bright orange bird hanging sideways on my Hakuro Nishiki Willow. He was swinging and singing away. I ran to the garage to get the Oriole feeder, which contains a small bowl for jelly. I filled it up with jelly and got it outside fast. Hopefully, he will notice the bright orange on the feeder and come back. After numerous years of trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that the Orioles enjoy the cheapest grape jelly I can find. It must be a higher sugar concentration?
Anyway, this picture is the little guy sitting in my serviceberry. We still have many more to entice to our yard, but one bird at time gives us something to look forward to. They are only in our area during the warmer months and then they move on, so when we see them we know Spring has arrived!