Ever since I've watched birds. This morning I had a wonderful surprise. This lovely lady was collecting my floss tails and dog hair where I'd hung it in the Chaste Tree outside. I saw her at about 6:30 AM, before my coffee - and I wasn't sure if I was seeing things until a female goldfinch landed in the bush too. That when I ran to grab the camera and the Peterson's Guide. When I found the orioles in the guide, I still wasn't sure that I was correct. Then this fella showed up in the ash tree out back. The photo shows him in the mulberry tree out front (where I was first able to photograph him). Finally this afternoon he came back to the ash tree where I was able to get a much better picture. Actually, I think it is possible that there are two males. They look just a little different colored in these pictures, so I'm not sure. In any case, they are all Baltimore Orioles.
website about birds - well, I think Cornell University has something to do with it, but I'm not really sure. Anyway, I went there, found the Baltimore Orioles page and then listened to the song. When I played it our windows were open and the speakers played and then the bird here responded to the song on the computer. It was neat. We've walked around the house all afternoon hearing him singing.
About four years ago we had a visitor at the feeder that I identified as a Rose Breasted Grosbeak. It only came a couple of times, but I got one good picture. And I haven't seen anymore since until this spring. I was outside weeding and stood up to find one of these guys at the feeder - about two feet away from me. I stood there, looking at him, he was looking at me. And I started talking to him, telling him how handsome he was. Typical man - he stood still to hear a woman compliment him. My husband saw us from inside and couldn't believe it. I've been able to stand pretty close a couple of times now.