Little Rays of Sunshine

My birthday dawned drab and dreary with intermittent rain. As I sat down with my morning coffee, I glanced out the front window toward all the bird feeders and thought, “Lord, it sure would be great if an oriole could come on my birthday.”

Well, I no more than thought that thought when TWO orioles landed on the orange feeder!! Little rays of sunshine sent to brighten up my birthday! Unfortunately, when I jumped up to grab my camera, they both flew off. It was probably just as well because a few moments later a hummingbird appeared but the gray darkness of the morning made photos impossible.

Even if it was my birthday, I couldn’t just lollygag in front of the window all day, I still had to go to work.  On Tuesdays I only work in the morning so after work I enjoyed shopping and lunch out with my co-workers. It was nearly 4 p.m. when I returned home and thankfully, the orioles had returned, too!!

I have to apologize that these photos aren’t as good as I would have liked, since they were taken from behind the picture window glass on an overcast, drizzly day. But still, these guys sure did brighten up my day!

Birthday Baltimore oriole.

Birthday Baltimore oriole.

Oriole samples the orange.

Oriole samples the orange.

Now trying some grape jelly.

Now trying some grape jelly.

Showing me his best side.

Showing me his best side.

This morning we had heavy fog but by time I returned from work in the afternoon, things had cleared up considerably. Along with the real sunshine, came more rays of bright orange sunshine to make my day.

Baltimore oriole.

Baltimore oriole.

I liked this one, with the orange pulp hanging from his beak. :)

I liked this one, with the orange pulp hanging from his beak. 🙂

I had so much fun watching the oriole circus outside my window, it was nearly impossible to get anything else done. There were so many of them and they don’t like to be on the feeder at the same time, so sometimes one of them was hanging off the bottom. Unfortunately, I couldn’t successfully photograph two of them on the feeder at the same time. Every photo I took was blurry. I think my camera couldn’t figure out what it was supposed to focus on, and the light color of the tree bark in the background also messed with the exposure. So, you’ll have to take my word for it that it was a fun time, and enjoy these photos of singular birds. 🙂

Oriole pole dance.

Oriole pole dance.

Such a handsome fellow!

Such a handsome fellow!

Hmmmm, wrong feeder!

Hmmmm, wrong feeder!

I can't forget the ladies!

I can’t forget the ladies!

Pretty female Baltimore oriole.

Pretty female Baltimore oriole.

It was after 3:30 when I returned home from work but even so, my first priority was refilling all the feeders. I noticed that the mealworm feeder was empty and I thought that was odd because I had put fresh meal worms in it this morning. I was happy that something was eating those expensive live worms! Imagine my surprise when a short while after putting out fresh meal worms, I saw an oriole land on the feeder and start chowing down! I had no idea orioles ate meal worms. So, that explained where this morning’s meal worms went!

Baltimore oriole eating mealworm.

Baltimore oriole eating mealworm.

Getting some grub.

Getting some grub.

Orioles weren’t the only bright spot of color today — there were plenty of rose-breasted grosbeaks, too. Here’s a handsome fellow still getting in his full coat of breeding plumage.

Male rose-breasted grosbeak getting his breeding colors.

Male rose-breasted grosbeak getting his breeding colors.

Oh, I may as well throw in another of the handsome guys. 🙂

Male rose-breasted grosbeak.

Male rose-breasted grosbeak.

And here are some pretty girls that were attracting attention.

Female rose-breasted grosbeak.

Female rose-breasted grosbeak.

One of my favorites of the day! :)

One of my favorites of the day! 🙂

Female rose-breasted grosbeak.

Female rose-breasted grosbeak.

We were supposed to leave tomorrow afternoon and head up north for Mother’s Day weekend, which has been our tradition for more than 15 years.  But Mark is feeling overwhelmed with everything that still needs to be done around here, so we have decided to cancel our trip and stay home.  I am still going to take Friday afternoon off work and since it is the start of The Biggest Week In American Birding, Mark says we will go somewhere for the afternoon to do some bird watching!  So, hopefully I’ll have something interesting to post over the weekend.

I was going to apologize for all the photos in this post, but then decided against it. I was having so much fun watching and photographing these beautiful birds, I just couldn’t keep myself from posting the best of the bunch! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did and that these little rays of sunshine brightened your day, too!

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8 Responses to Little Rays of Sunshine

  1. Happy Birthday!!

    You shouldn’t apologize for so many great photos of the beautiful birds!

    I don’t know if you know this, but orioles are closely related to blackbirds, they’ll eat anything.

    I don’t think it matters where you go birding this weekend, so many birds are returning and/or migrating through the area this week. I made a run to the Detroit area for work this afternoon and saw several trumpeter swans along I 94 just west of Ann Arbor. There was even a female trumpeter on a nest behind the TA truck stop that I could see from the entrance ramp to I 94, exit 167, something I never expected to see. A little further east, I saw a tern, don’t know which species, flying over one of the small lakes.

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    • Thanks, Jerry! I had a great birthday, so hopefully that means 52 is going to be a very good year for me. LOL 🙂

      I’m not sure where we will go tomorrow. Definitely not Magee Marsh, since that has become world-famous for birding week and people line up on the boardwalks 20 deep. That’s not the kind of thing I enjoy! We might go back to Sterling State Park, since we haven’t been there since last fall. Or, I also found out there are 2 parks in Point Place, OH – not far from us – that have good birding trails. I hope to see a few new lifers at least!

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  2. kathydoremus says:

    Beautiful! And happy belated birthday! 🙂

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  3. tootlepedal says:

    A birthday treat for us as well as for you. I hope that your birding outing is a great success next week.

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  4. Tiny says:

    Happy belated birthday, Amy!! I’m happy the orioles came to brighten your day! And even performed a pole dance for you 🙂 They are very beautiful birds, like the grosbeak in his bright costume. I’m so impressed by your sophisticated bird feeders and the menu!

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    • Thank you, Tiny! All these feeders and menus are becoming a full-time job to keep up, and I need a full time job to pay for them! LOL But the joy is more than worth it. I love this time of year!

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