Feathered Friends

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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.

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indigo bunting

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.

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a leucistic dove

The catbird has been checking out the feeders.

a catbird at craftygardener.ca

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.

orioles at craftygardener.ca

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.

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oriole sitting on the gazebo chairs

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.

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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.

garden line

19 Responses

  1. Country Gal

    Lovely photos . Its nice to have all the spring and summer birds back again , I am so enjoying them all to . My gardens are doing well again and seem to of caught up with the lateness of the season now. It hasn’t been the usual humid sunny weather for this time of year that we are used to but instead chilly and damp for the best part of the month I hope June will be sunnier and warmer , Thanks for sharing , Have a good week !

    • Crafty Gardener

      It sure is lovely hearing and seeing all the various birds. The orioles, wren and grosbeaks are singing and singing all day long. Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. Lucy Corrander

    What colourful birds. I’ve heard of orioles but never known what they look like – and had imagined them to be much duller.

  3. Eileen Wise

    Hello, I love watching the birds at my feeders and in my yard. The Grosbeak and Buntings are a few of my favorites. I am envious of the Orioles at your feeders, lucky you! It is great seeing a post from you and your beautiful birds and photos. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend. PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

    • Crafty Gardener

      We have had so much rain this spring that we haven’t been out as much as we would like. The orioles were enjoying the oranges I put out, trying them in a suet basket this year and it seems to be working, but photos are not the best as it was foggy when I was attempting to photograph them today. I’ll keep trying. Thanks for stopping by Eileen, I’ll try to be a more frequent participant in Saturday Critters.

  4. Linda Walcroft

    I wish Baltimore Orioles would come to my hummingbird feeder. Even the hummingbirds only visit on rare occasions.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Thanks for stopping by Linda. The orioles have been very busy at the feeders this year (hummingbird feeder, oriole feeder, peanut feeder and oranges I put out)

  5. Anni@I'd Rather B Birdin"

    Wow! You’ve shared some incredible birds…all, such a delight! Thank you so much for linking up with us at I’d Rather B Birdin’. Have a wonderful week & hope the flood waters recede sooner than later.

  6. Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'

    Wow! Incredible, beautiful birds today. (I tried to post a comment before this one and got an error message…hope it doesn’t double up)

    Thanks for linking up with us & hope those flood waters recede soon.

  7. Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'

    Wow! Incredible, beautiful birds today. (I tried to post a comment before this one and got an error message…hope it doesn’t double up)
    Thanks for linking up with us & hope those flood waters recede soon.

    • Crafty Gardener

      Hi Anni, looks like all your comments came through, just held for moderation. It is held because you don’t use a valid email address, so this reply won’t go to your email but will be visible on my website.

  8. Margy

    Don’t you just love all the birds after a long, quiet winter? Yesterday I saw a Spotted Towhee at my feeder. This is only the second one I’ve seen here over the years. Hope he returns (it must have been a male with the brilliant colouring). I couldn’t comment on the Horsetail post so I’ll d it here. Ever since I took botany in high school I’ve been captivated by Horsetail. We illustrated plants in a journal then and I loved drawing it. We have lots of it in our moist areas near the cabin and along logging roads. – Margy

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