Feeder report

The Eating Team is in fine form.

Some local color.

An entirely new face, though shy.

This is Mr. Northern Oriole of the Baltimore variety, Icterus galbula.

They are all about the Sabine Farm, but until today I have never seen then around my house.

I shall endeavor to entice them.


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  1. Cornelius says:

    I’m surprised those little fellows can get the seeds out of those sock-like things. Obviously, they can, and they also appear to be squirrel-proof (squirrels devouring all the feed has always been my bane).

  2. MOMof5 says:

    In our homeschool co-op, the kids made these sock-like bird feeders. It’s been very popular with the goldfinches around here. Fr. Z my 6 year old loves looking at these bird photos, thanks for sharing!

  3. Cornelius: You are surprised they can get the seed out?

    They are like greedy little vacuum cleaners.

  4. Deo volente says:


    I know that you are a Minnesota fan, but I am partial to the Baltimore Orioles as you might imagine. Pitching “ace” Jim Palmer still does the color commentary on our TV broadcasts.

    With your forbearance, I will link this photo to my blog. The team will be much obliged. And, oddly, Orioles are not easy to see around here in the southern area of the State. We are swamped with Blue Jays and Cardinals, however.


  5. Tim says:

    I’m an avid blog reader (about 40 different blogs) and I have to say that your birding posts are by far my favorite of any posts that find their way to me through the RSS. Thanks for the great variety of posts as well as the ‘local color’ through your window.


  6. Chris says:

    Enticing orioles requires two things: grape jelly and orange slices. They are crazy for the sweets.
    If you have a chance, Father, I would love to know what kind of lens and/or camera you are using for these shots. Thank you for sharing your feathered friends with us!

  7. Coletta says:

    Father, I love your birdz. Your world is beautiful . Thank you for sharing.
    Happy Feast Day.

  8. MacBeth says:

    From the kids: “Father Z gets the best birds!”

  9. Melody says:

    How lovely! I was admiring a Mr. Hummingbird after mass today, enjoying the abbey flowers.

    Since you are a fellow Battlestar Galactica fan:

  10. georgeaquinas says:

    Orioles will also come to hummingbird feeders. I belive they make nectar feeders especially for orioles. At first, you may need to hand them near a tree. As the brids get more accustomed to feeding, you can begin to move the feeder closer.

  11. Tod says:


    Your photos inspired me to go out and get my own feeders up for the summer!

    Let us know if you ever see the beautiful “Painting Bunting,” considered by some to be the most beautiful bird in North America:



  12. Tod: I don’t think they come around to these parts.

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