May 8, 2011 - First-ever visit of Baltimore orioles to our feeders (but they'd been seen in the trees the few days before) (Described in a blog post on May 15)
May 8, 2013 - Rosebreasted grosbeaks and Baltimore orioles show up at our feeders within 15 minutes of one another
May 7, 2014 - Orioles and rose-breasted grosbeaks show up within a few hours of each other (and hummingbirds later that day as well). First-ever visit of orchard orioles to our feeders, and we see half a dozen each (or more) of orioles and grosbeaks at our feeders and in our big tree. Wowee! Photos below.
|Male Baltimore Oriole, May 7, 2014|
|Male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, May 7, 2014|
|Female Rose-breasted Grosbeak, May 7, 2014|
|Orchard Oriole, May 7, 2014|
The grosbeaks really seem to like the gazebo-style feeder, which was new last fall. It is easy to approach and fits several at a time. I think that's why so many have stayed around these last few days.
I didn't notice until looking at these photos just now that the photo below clearly shows an immature male grosbeak sitting toward the front of the gazebo roof -- he's developing his dramatic coloring but still has some of the streaks that juveniles and females share. I noted one last year, too, and wrote a little more about that then.
|Rose-breasted Grosbeaks - note immature male in front|
The photo below does not show a romantic interlude: Rather, two male orioles had a competitive moment over the jelly.
|Male orioles get feisty with jelly on their beaks|
It's been a wonderful few days. Happy spring!