Thursday, May 15, 2014

Colourful Songbirds in the Garden

I love it when I'm outside gardening and serenaded by the different varieties of birds. By mid-May it's time to put out the hummingbird and oriole feeders and I had no sooner hung the orange one when an oriole landed on it.
 adult male with a beak full of grape jelly
They spend most of their time in the tall trees at the back but come down for the nectar (one part sugar to 4 parts water) and their favourite, grape jelly in the centre well of the feeder.

juvenile male
The orioles have several calls and songs but once you can distinguish them from the robins, you know they've arrived.
We have cardinals year round and the only time there will be two males in the yard at once, is if they're family. They're territorial in our yard, especially with the safflower seed, put out for them. This male is surveying the sunflower seeds on the ground, under the feeder.
We're having May showers for June flowers this week but during the dry spells I'm out in the garden. The biggest job this year is pulling the hundreds of maple keys out that have germinated. This seems to be a cyclic event and they are everywhere!











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34 comments:

  1. Nice photos ! Yes we have both breeds of Oriels here , hummers and Rose Breasted Grosbeaks and Cardinals just to name a few lol ! I love having all the birdies back . Thanks for sharing . Have a good long weekend !

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  2. those orioles are so pretty. I have to get some grape jelly! My friend just saw an indigo bunting at her feeder. I've never seen one. they're beautiful too.
    I love listening to all the birdsong as well.

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  3. Your photos are stunning, Judith! Great job! I just adore the orioles and the cardinals are pretty too. I don't feed nectar to the orioles, just grape jelly and oranges. I do make nectar for the hummingbirds and they are back now too. Happy birding!
    Hugs, Beth

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  4. I love orioles, but have only ever spotted them in my yard once! Disappointing, but I just love their loud beautiful song. We have a million maple trees sprouted in our yard too. Red maples ... I didn't know they grew in cycles like this and am actually surprised after that hard winter. Great bird shots Judith ... as always! Wendy x

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  5. I am so glad you reminded me to get going on my hummingbird feeders - I had 2 and today I found a REALLY cute glass red one at my favorite secondhand store.....going to make my sugar nectar tonight and hopefully if it warms up tomorrow put it out.

    Yesterday I was so hot gardening I had to keep taking breaks, drinking water, put on sunscreen, grab my straw hat.....today it's low 40s tonight, raining, so so cold. I hope my new container plants do ok, I tell ya, can't WIN with this weather. Ugh.

    Love your birdie pics, well done!

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  6. Oh those maple seeds drive me wild! More pop every day! I feel as if I am felling forests. Beautiful orioles!

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  7. These birds are beautiful Judith!!!!

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  8. Such amazing shots! I love, love to see birds on bird feeders.
    Thank you for sharing.

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  9. Gorgeous! It's funny you should post Oriole collages: I just got on PicMonkey today and created an Oriole collage that I'll be posting in a few days. Fine minds think alike!! Always love visiting your blog, and appreciate your visits and comments as well. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  10. Judith your photos are superb. I didn't think the first oriole was a live bird at first. I love to be out on our porch and here the music of the birds. Sometimes it seems they are having a conversation back and forth. And they can get quite loud!

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  11. Wonderful shots, Judith. I wish I could see orioles in my garden! But they won't appear, I think.
    Have a happy weekend!

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  12. I have never seen one of those feeders or the bird in person. I have tried hummingbird feeders of all types as well and no luck. But my other feeders are popular with our feathered friends. When I come home from vacation I hope to hang out my houses again.

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  13. The young male oriole is adorable. We also had the grosbeak in the garden a couple of days ago. I've just been out emptying the bowls and trays under pots as they were over flowing with rain from the really heavy downpour last night.

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  14. Probably my two favorite birds! Cardinals bring such cheery color on the winter and I love the Oriole's song in the springtime! I better get busy and put out sugar water for them. Beautiful photos!

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  15. I could have a forest of maples, Judith, but have been pulling them out.

    I like the colourful orioles in your garden. I haven't spotted any here, but will have to keep a closer eye on what does come around.

    Karen

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  16. Never heard of grape jelly...but I'll give it a try!!!.../)JP

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  17. Beautiful orioles. We don't see those around here. Good luck with the baby maples.

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  18. These are fantastic pictures! Orioles are rare enough in these parts that it's a real thrill to see them turn up anywhere. And we don't have Cardinals at all. We hear them and get a glimpse when we visit Texas. I love to see what passing thru this time of year!

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  19. Good photos!
    I wish we had cardinals on the island - I miss that flash of red.

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  20. Beautiful photos Judith. I have the Cardinals here which I love but not the Orioles and they are such pretty little guys.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  21. Oh Judith, what a lovely post. So nice to see the different birds you have visiting Lavender Cottage!

    Diane

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  22. Judith, some of the daffodils that are coming up, have got yellow tips on the leaves. I've never see that before. Any idea what that would be from? They are planted in my grass, so not the best of soil. My mother in law thinks it could be from frost, but I've never noticed any perennials overly bothered by frost before.

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  23. Hello Judith,

    Your photos are simply gorgeous. How wonderful that you get to photograph such beautiful creatures. Peaceful and a true blessing. Thank you for visiting me. I am thankful for your lovely comment.

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

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  24. Hi Judith,
    Those are beautiful images of the birds in your garden.
    Have a lovely week ahead!
    Ingrid xx

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  25. Fantastic photos of all the birds. Have a nice week.

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  26. So Pretty - Great shots! I don't have much luck getting good pics of wildlife. Of course if I learned to use my camera better it would help.LOL I don't see the orioles around here - wish I did.
    Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week.

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  27. Judith, beautiful beautiful shots of a beautiful bird. I have not seen one before. I don't know if they come to our garden or not. I MUST investigate. And now, thanks to you, I know what to feed them with.

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  28. Beautiful bird. I love its colors.

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  29. I see you are a bird watcher like me- great pics of your feeder and the gorgeous birds who visited! Isn't it thrilling when a bird stops by? Have a great week :)
    S

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  30. I don't get orioles here so I am enjoying yours! :) Beautiful shots :)

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  31. What wonderful photos -- and I had no idea about putting the grape jelly in the feeder!

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  32. Awesome photos... but the cardinal is always a favorite! I try and try to catch my redbirds feeding, but they fly at the slightest sound. Smiles...Susan

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