I put out orange slices in my backyard yesterday, hoping to lure some of these beauties to my own yard. Hope it works!
Baltimore Oriole (female)
Gathering Fibers for Nest
Baltimore Oriole (male)
Weaving of the Fibers at the Chosen Nest Site
If you see a Baltimore Oriole in Massachusetts, Mass Audubon wants to know about it. Report your sightings here. Citizen scientists provide valuable data! I'm reporting! Hope you do, too!
It's a great time of year, even when the skies are gray (although I prefer the sunshine)!
At lunchtime it was misting, but I headed over to Beals Preserve anyway to see what I might find there. A Northern Flicker was calling on the opposite side of Ice Pond. Looked like there may be a nest hole there. At the intersection of Lone Wolf Trail and the main trail, there was Great Crested Flycatcher calling (my first of 2014).
Great Crested Flycatcher
(lousy record shot)
The channel had a lot of active Tree, Barn and Northern Rough-Winged Swallows.
(the only swallow with a forked tail)
Mourning Dove (calling only)
Northern FlickerNorthern Rough-Winged Swallow
Misty days are a great day to spend in the garden....I would have loved to visit Tower Hill Botanic Garden today. I love water droplets on beautiful blossoms! Here's a few from my own front yard.
House Wren (shaking the drops out of its feathers)
The last of the peach blossoms
(yesterday it was snowing pink blossoms!)