Many varieties of birds are returning to the garden for spring and summer. The camera is always ready to snap photos.
We are always thrilled to see the indigo bunting in the garden. Unfortunately it is only a passer through and we usually don’t see it again except at the end of May.
A leucitic dove has been spotted several times. Leucistic means when there is a partial loss of pigmentation which results in white or patchy colouring. Doves are year round visitors in the garden. A leucistic grackle also visited the garden awhile ago.
The catbird has been checking out the feeders.
The orioles are back for another year. They are known as Baltimore orioles or Northern Orioles.
They have been checking out the various feeders, the hummingbird feeder, the oriole feeder and the peanut feeder. They also love pieces of oranges.
They are quite daring this year and coming to the hummingbird feeder on the gazebo, taking a drink and then resting on the chair cushion before repeating the actions.
The food is homemade and is 4 cups of boiling water and 1 cup of sugar. Be sure the sugar is totally dissolved and the mixture cooled before putting out for them to enjoy.
Both the male and female grosbeaks have returned for another year. Their favourite food is the safflower seed.
All the regular feathered friends have been visiting the feeders too – goldfinches, sparrows, bluejays, cardinals, house finches, woodpeckers and many more.