Yesterday I spotted my first Baltimore Oriole early in the afternoon. Since 2002, when I started keeping a bird/nature diary, this was the earliest I've ever seen the Baltimore Oriole in my yard. I quickly put a couple dishes of grape jelly out in the backyard, and even though I haven't seen him since, I know he'll be back. (2 pictures, just because I love the color of this bird!)
Today I was even more surprised to see this Orchard Oriole at the grape jelly dish when I got home from work. wow, Wow, WOW!! I haven't seen an Orchard Oriole in my yard for many years. He loved the grape jelly and it would be awesome if he decided to stay for the summer (and maybe find a mate). I took a couple pictures so you could appreciate his handsomeness from the front:
and from the back:
While I was watching the oriole, I noticed another large bird fly into the oak tree nearby -- Rose Breasted Grosbeak! Holy moly! Again, he was earliest recorded in my yard--May 6th was the earliest recorded date previously (2007).
I also noticed some different looking sparrows out by the tray feeder. I guess it's pretty obvious why this little guy is called White Crowned Sparrow.
Our weatherman is predicting some heavy rain and storms for the next couple of days, so I hope all these migrating birds are able to deal with the weather issues OK. I do know one thing for sure.....as soon as it stops raining, I have a date with John Deere in the backyard!
P.S. While I was writing this post, my sissy called me to report that she also spotted Indigo Buntings, a House Wren and a Hummingbird in her yard this afternoon, so I've got to whip up a batch of hummingbird nectar this evening.