Saturday, November 29, 2008

More Fruit-eating critters

When I posted the last post I had not yet come across these
shots of my Baltimore Orioles. I took this right out
the kitchen window where I offered the oranges on the
Shepherd's hook. That way I could get close up.
With its brilliant orange and black plumage,
the Baltimore Oriole's arrival is
eagerly awaited by birders each spring migration.
In PA I start looking the end of February and put out
nesting materials, like short lengths of yarn on
my shrubs, and pieces of string.

In April I start with the Oranges. Don't get discouraged-
it took me several years to get one to the feeder and last
year I only had one or two. But I continue to try every
year because it is worth it when you see that flash of
bright orange you know... heaven at last!

And their song.... How beautiful. I usually hear them before
I ever see one and I know they are back.
listen to their song
I can never mistake that loud melodious call.

Another very popular fruit for critters is mulberries
A chipmunk feasts on some at a tree I found in my travels

A Red Squirrel finds them quite tasty too

And, as much as I love to see Cedar Waxwings, I very seldom
do... except here at the mulberry tree. I couldn't get close
enough to get good shots, but at least I got a couple.

And my favorite backyard bird... he is also here looking
for a tasty treat. The Red-bellied Woodpecker
All of these pictures were taken in June of 07, with a
Sony DSC H2 without a tele-lens.

To God be The Glory ~~ Great Things He Hath Done


Kallen305 said...

I am so going to do the orange slice on a shepard's hook this spring! Great idea!

I love your photos of the critters eating the mulberries. I have one right outside my porch and have seen birds I never would have been able to see with just feeders. The Cedar's devour them!

Beautiful photos. I can't get over how well your camera captures the vivid color of the orioles.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

I enjoyed this post.Love the Orioles and look orward to hem each summer.

Bird Girl said...

We sure did have some fun with those orioles that year! Great shots!

Tina said...

I have several red-bellies who show up to our suet feeders. I think I will also try the orange treat tomorrow! I would love to draw these guys closer to our deck to get some close up photos! Thanks!!

Richard said...

Great selection of photos. Liked all of them. The Cedar Waxwings around my area always want to stay in the tops of 40 foot oak trees. They are hard to get good photos of.

NCmountainwoman said...

Beautiful photographs. I loved every one of them.

Shellmo said...

The most gorgeous orioles ever! Great shots!

Craig Glenn said...

Very nice photo's!


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