"Noticed Baltimore orioles have disappeared from fruit & jelly feeders? They change their diet to insects for more protein as they rear their chicks. Spot one of their "hanging basket" nests & look for adults feeding nestlings. Soon, the whole fam may visit your feeder! #Phenology"Today, as we were starting this post, a male Baltimore oriole arrived at our feeders. He drank some nectar from the hummingbird/oriole feeder and took a taste of grape jelly. His arrival, as foretold above by one of our favorite orgs, was a very pleasant surprise. We'd like to get his picture, since the only orioles we've photographed so far are females. Anyhow, maybe there is something to this phenology stuff? 😇
|female Baltimore oriole at feeder|
Photo by J. Harrington
We have no idea where the orioles' "hanging basket" nest may be located. There's a multitude of trees around here. That leaves us looking forward to the arrival of more orioles at the feeders. In fact, we'll put out fresh grape jelly tomorrow. The female rose breasted grosbeaks have been nipping at it from time to time and, with no orioles in sight until now, we saw little point in freshening the jelly since it was clearly a second choice, after sunflower seeds, for the grosbeaks. Some of the local squirrels check out the taste of jelly from time to time also. The dogs love to chase squirrels off the deck into the branches of the overhanging tree. The squirrels are safe until and unless the dogs learn to climb trees.
We hope our recent wave of overly hot, excessively wet weather (6" to 12" or more a county or two North of us) over the weekend hasn't disrupted your life. The claims of climate scientists, that climate change will result in more volatile, intense storm patterns, seem to be pretty well reflected by recent weather events. Sigh!
Look! A flash of orange along the river’s edge-- “oriole!” comes to your lips like instinct, then it’s vanished--lost in the foliage, in all your head holds, getting on with the day. But not gone for good. There is that woman walks unseen beside you with her apron pockets full. Days later, or years, when you least seem to need it--reading Frost on the subway, singing over a candled cake--she’ll reach into a pocket and hand you this intact moment--the river, the orange streak parting the willow, and the “oriole!” that leapt to your lips. Unnoticed, steadfast, she gathers all this jumble, sorts it, hands it back like prizes from Crackerjack. She is your mother, who first said, “Look! a robin!” and pointed, and there was a robin, because her own mother had said to her, “Look!” and pointed, and so on, back to the beginning: the mother, the child, and the world. The damp bottom on one arm and pointing with the other: the peach tree, the small rocks in the shallows, the moon and the man in the moon. So you keep on, seeing, forgetting, faithfully followed; and you yourself, unwitting, gaining weight, have thinned to invisibility, become that follower. Even now, your daughter doesn’t see you at her elbow as she walks the beach. There! a gull dips to the Pacific, and she points and says to the baby, “Look!”
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