Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Yard Birds

This gloomy, cloudy, very windy Tuesday has been considerably brightened-up by the arrival of two male Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula).

I've had the oranges out for a few days awaiting their arrival.  It's too bad I didn't get my act together about washing windows - these photos were taken from inside my house through those same dirty windows.  Tsk.

As we speak, one is sitting near an orange and issuing a loud single note call while looking around to see if anyone is paying him attention.

The House Finches  (Carpodacus mexicanus) like oranges too.

There's about 20 American Goldfinches (Carduelis tristis)  feeding at the niger sock and sunflower feeders - always a delight.

And the female Purple Finch returned for some seed as well.  I haven't seen her male counterpart.

Several Harris's Sparrows (Zonotrichia querula) are continuing their stay.  They are definitely my favourite sparrow species.

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  1. Perfectly clear window or not those Orioles are just plain spectacular. I did see my first ever Harris last week. Fairly rare here. Handsomely bold, I'd say.

  2. Well done re the Harris's Sparrow. They aren't terribly common here - pass through in the Spring, and a few usually hang around our yards for a little while. I am getting absolutely nothing done these past few days - just gazing out the windows watching the orioles (good enough excuse).