I have had some new arrivals.
The hummingbirds have shown up in force.
Mr. Ruby-throated Hummer.
The Missus. Oooops… no, that’s an Oriole muscling in on the feeder.
The Orioles have been rather bold this year, even hanging around pretty close when I have been filling the feeders. They have an alarm call rather like a ratchet of a socket-wrench.
Missus Ruby-throated Hummingbird.
THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!
That is Mr. Grosbeak, fending off another male.
The idiot Goldfinches have been pelting themselves against my windows.
I suspect they have been inspired by their more suicidal cousins.
And a new arrival.
Dumatella carolinensis, otherwise known as Gray Catbird.
This Catbird makes a sort of mewing sound. He/she has found a seat betwixt the orange slices grape jelly which the Orioles, Sapsuckers and House Finches gobble in great quantities.
A cage match between a Chickadee and Mrs. Downy Woodpecker. It is a little odd to see them share space.
This year more than last I have noticed that more species have been going after the suet.
More on that another time.