Even better is when you spot your first ever at your feeder.
This is about the time of year when Orioles return. Therefore, this morning I cut up some oranges and filled the grape jelly cups. Within 20 minutes I had not an Oriole, but this fellow.
Meet Sphyrapicus varius, better known as Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker.
This is the first time I have ever seen one!
The Orioles will have some competition for their favorite nosh.
Here you can see some of the yellow tinge.
The oranges are appreciated. And not only by Sphyrapicus varius…
This is Mr. House Finch. The Mrs. was also there.
It must be "Hyphen Day" at the Feeders, as various specially-bellied birds belly up for food.
Here is Red-Bellied Woodpecker, or Melanerpes carolinus.
And here is Red-Breasted Nuthatch, Sitta canadensis.
In the meantime the various finches and sparrows continue to amuse.
American Goldfinch, channeling his inner Hitchcock.
I put out a special feeder with just millet with the hope of attracting more Indigo Buntings, when they finally show up.
In the meantime, here is Mr. Chips, Chipping Sparrow, with the great name Spizella passerina.
Finally, during the great Washington DC blognic, I was surprised at how many people made a point to express how much they enjoyed these bird feeder posts as well as the live stream of the feeders on Father Z TV, the Z-Cam. Thanks for that! I feeder these ravenous eating machines for my own pleasure at watching them, to help them, and to be able to share something of their ways with you. However, they eat a lot. Before I left for D.C., I had filled all the feeders, including the large square one you see in photos from time to time, thinking that that would suffice for my relatively short trip. No dice. They stripped them clean before I got home. Perhaps this is an especially hungry time since many species are nesting.
I am therefore grateful when some of you use the donation button. I feed them solely from your donations. Thus, I shamelessly beg. Now I see I will be buying more oranges and grapejelly. I would also like to be able to set up a couple more feeders with specialized feed to attract different species.
Finally, I have put out a little humming bird feeder in front of one of the webcams, just outside my office window. We will keep an eye on that and switch the cam on when I start getting some action. The Orioles also went to it last year.