Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring Flings...More Visitors to the Garden

Look who's stopping by the garden this week...

Above is a hooded oriole. We get these visitors each March and they usually stay till September. Migrating up from Mexico, they really like the sweet. We look forward to them every year but the hummingbirds wish we had a more secure border...they don't care for the orioles hogging up their feeders.

Speaking of hummingbirds, we had three different kinds this week.

Here's an Anna's hummingbird, a year round local in our yard.

This black chinned hummingbird is a bit more rare and only seen during the warmer months.

The Allen's hummingbird is very aggressive and thinks the backyard belongs to him. Here he is in full warrior mode.

Not quite in our yard but in the park a block away is this guy, the red whiskered bulbul. Our research indicates that they are escaped pets here in the U.S.

Also at the park, this western tanager is a colorful spring and summer visitor but rarely makes it down the block to our garden.

Looking over the whole affair is this turkey vulture, a very common bird around here.

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1 comment:

  1. You are sooo lucky ! Hummingbirds ! What would I give to see one in my garden. Did have a Sparrow Hawk in my conservatory once though ! :-)