Eastern Bluebird, male
So, this male has some favorite perches to watch the grass areas for insects. It just takes hours to learn which branches are the chosen ones. I expect even better results soon.
Marsh Marigolds are actually in the buttercup family, but obviously someone thought they reminded them of marigolds. Well, they got the marsh part pretty much right. They love the wet, squishy places.
I guess the Virginia Bluebells fare a little better in the name department. They are blue, and they are found in Virginia. Sounds better than New York Bluebells, eh?
This crazy spring weather has been rough on some blooming plants, but it has been good to the Bluebells. Can't recall them lasting so long or being so lush. On the negative side, I found the buds on some plants frozen into a mush. No May Apple blooms in many cases.
Now, back to the birds. After some unfavorable weather, a shift in the patterns has open the door for many small birds to come north, and on top of that, I just got lucky today. To be honest, we roamed the wildflower garden for at least two hours with no bird photos to show for it. Heard them, saw them, but never got close. As we returned to the horticulture building with zero birds, we spotted activity in a flowering apple tree. Then, I heard the piping calls of the Baltimore Orioles. Not sure if they are eating the flowers or bugs on the flowers, but it was some sort of feast. This male put on a concert of his songs. Nice.
That pretty much made the efforts of the morning justified. But, there was more, as a beautiful Northern Cardinal took a perch nearby.
The male Cardinal also showed interest in the flowering apple.
I would be fully satisfied with these results, but the apple tree also attracted a very small warbler that stayed high in the tree, nearly always hidden by branches.
Hope you enjoy my story and that it moves you to look outside your windows just a little tomorrow. Never know what will entertain you with a song or some bright color.
Note: I have loaded a wider set of high resolution photos for the Baltimore Oriole and Northern Cardinal on my SmugMug web galleries at: