I’ve been watching beautiful images on Facebook birding groups of Baltimore orioles arriving from locations all over Michigan. Even my own Facebook memories show orioles at my feeder the first of May last year, and here it is the third and I haven’t seen a glimpse of that brilliant orange in my backyard.
I began to worry that the new house built this past winter on the lot behind us had contaminated our yard in the orioles eyes. It’s certainly changed how I see our back yard.
And then this afternoon, as I walked into the living room I saw that flash of orange and I smiled. He was only there for a moment, my movement into the room scared him away.
But later in the afternoon as I was sitting in my big chair by the window my husband told me there was an oriole on the shephards hook. As I turned my head the big orange bird flew away.
Still…I had hope.
Tonight as I sat in a chair on the far side of the room, facing the window but too far away to be noticed by a skittish bird, I was thinking about going to the store to pick up some oranges. Though I had grape jelly in the feeder, something large had stolen the oranges last night that I’d put out yesterday.
And suddenly, even as I was encouraging myself to go get the car keys a burst of orange arrived on the feeder. I grabbed my conveniently placed camera, complete with long lens, and began to shoot. And while I was still looking through the viewfinder there were suddenly two.
They were both very wary and I was glad I was a long way from them. They kept scanning the yard in between sipping grape jelly. They didn’t stay long, but this time I have proof.
And then, just after they left, a youngster showed up. He surprised me so much that I didn’t get him in focus. But I’m excite to know that three different orioles visited tonight.
I’m looking forward to seeing the females soon.
May 3, 2021 at 8:25 pm
Lucky you! I’ve seen exactly one Baltimore Oriole in my life, and it was on the wing — heading your direction!
May 3, 2021 at 8:52 pm
I suspect most of my bird enjoyment this year will be virtual. Thank you.
May 3, 2021 at 9:18 pm
How exciting!! Dawn’s Place–the food is great, but the owner watches us like a hawk. 🤣 **bird humor**
May 3, 2021 at 9:28 pm
Oh, wonderful!!! How lovely to see!, Dawn. Thank you for sharing!
May 3, 2021 at 10:05 pm
What a treat to see those beauties. Spring is here!
May 4, 2021 at 2:33 am
They are so BEAUTIFUL!! ❤️
May 4, 2021 at 8:33 am
These are GORGEOUS!!! I have always wanted to get the chance to take some male Oriole pictures, but haven’t had the chance so far.
May 4, 2021 at 11:49 am
Pretty, pretty birds. Love their chit-chat. Spoken like the true birds they are.
May 4, 2021 at 1:24 pm
Oh, they are breathtaking!! Would love to see them here in northeast Tennessee but haven’t been that lucky yet. 🙂
May 4, 2021 at 3:05 pm
They’re so beautiful! Thank you, Dawn, for sharing them here. I’ve yet to spot a real one (and likely won’t, now that I have a new puppy lurking in the back yard!)
May 4, 2021 at 4:29 pm
What a treat!
May 6, 2021 at 5:29 am
They are just so beautiful! Such a thrill to see them!