Monday, May 5, 2014

Sweet Music





An unfamiliar melody high in the trees caught my attention last week. I heard the sweet lilting music a few times before I could connect it with the singer, the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. These striking birds are only occasional visitors here, passing through in the spring, and now at least one pair is frequenting the oak trees, eating the tassels. They are quite welcome to them. They also make themselves at home at our birdbath and feeders.

The male wears his heart on his throat. When he sings, he barely opens his beak, but the throat patch moves like a fluttering heartbeat.






It's been five years since we've heard one of the Baltimore Oriole's rich tunes.  
A couple of years ago, we heard reports of sightings in Protem, which is heartbreakingly close to us,
 but the birds never made it to our place, at least, not while we were looking, which is much of the time.  






They are fond of oranges, so I cut one in half and put it out on the table on our deck. 
I was happy to learn that they love mandarins, too, since I had a bag of them on hand. 

The male matches them perfectly and stretches to eat every last morsel.






The female's coloration is more subtle...






...but she is no less energetic when it comes to digging out sweet morsels.






When they sing for their supper, we definately get the best end of the deal.







35 comments:

Sharon said...

I have never seen a Rose-Breasted Grosbeak, even in photos. He is so very beautiful with the heart-shaped color on his breast. I am glad you got to see him and passed on his portrait to us. Thank you!
The orioles are gorgeous too; what a treat- for them and you. :)

Kerri Farley said...

Your images take my breath away!

Mersad said...

Beautiful and bright shots. I really like the vibrancy of the colors and the birds are so cute. Really fun images.

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

Christine K. said...

gorgeous captures of the birds!

Brian King said...

Gorgeous photos! The colors are brilliant!

Lisa Gordon said...

I am so glad that they finally came to you, Connie, and I'll just bet if you keep giving them oranges, they will definitely be back. :-)

These are really wonderful photographs.

Have a great evening!

eileeninmd said...

You have a gorgeous variety of birds there. I love the Grosbeak and the pretty Orioles. Wonderful series of photos, have a happy week!

Pieni Lintu said...

Great and colorful! :)

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Pretty!!!!

Modesto Viegas said...

Nice bird. Good colors!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful birds of color coming to visit!

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley post ,nette

Karen said...

The rose-breasted grosbeak is one on my favourite birds. We have a few pass through in the spring. The orioles are lovely! Beautiful captures!

Gunilla Bäck said...

Gorgeous shots of the orioles.

bailey-road.com said...

Wonderful shots. How fortunate you are, Connie, to be able to photograph these brilliantly colored birds. I've seen a male of each species one time. Only the squirrels have come for the oranges.

Susan said...

Hi there, I'm visiting through Stewart's blog.
Lovely to see those beautiful orioles. Your photographs are stunning :D)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Love these photos, and the colors... wow!!!

Rebecca said...

Great shots! I had a couple of Grosbeaks pass through my Ozark property earlier this week. - And now the Orioles have arrived too! I love this time of the year. :)

Small City Scenes said...

Two very beautiful birds and wonderful shots. MB

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Gorgeous bird!

Carole M. said...

wouldn't we all love to have our camera on one of these fabulous birds; great COLOURS

Margaret Adamson said...

This is a wonderful coloured bird and your shots of it are stunning.

Stewart M said...

Such wonderful crisp images! And you think Australian birds are good looking - you back yard does OK!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

mrbennettkent said...

Happy Wild Bird Wednesday! Stunning photography The colours are magnificent:0)

Dave said...

Seriously good images here Connie. And of course some stunning species of birds. Lovely post.
Dave

Wally Jones said...

What beautiful (looking as well as sounding) birds to find in your yard! Or anywhere else!

We only see them during migration.

Very nice post!

eileeninmd said...

Connie, thank you for sharing your beautiful bird post with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Cranberry Morning said...

Beautiful! We get rose-breasted grosbeaks up here. They're so pretty! Right now we're waiting to hear the Baltimore Oriole song. I'm putting out oranges too!

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

beautiful post and shots!

carol l mckenna said...

Gorgeous birds and wonderful photography ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Snap said...

Truly breathtaking images. Lucky girl -- to have them thank you with song! Happy Critter Day!

Christian Weiß said...

Very beautiful photos and great, interesting birds.

lorik said...

A beautiful series. Sorry, I just realised I hadn't thanked you for sharing. Thank you:)

Kia said...

Gorgeous variety of birds, all so pretty! :)

Jennifer Richardson said...

love all those bright feathers:)
-Jennifer