I walked to the window the other evening and did a double-take. A black bird was in my Coral Porterweed, eating the nectar from the flowers. That’s not a normal behavior for any of my backyard regulars. So I looked a little closer and saw that my nectaring black bird was a male Orchard Oriole! He stopped over in my yard on his migration path to his northern home. Add one to my backyard bird list!
The oriole stayed for a little more than 24 hours. He explored every hummingbird plant in my yard. His favorite plant seemed to be the honeysuckle vines growing on my bird blind. He nibbled on the flowers to extract their nectar.
Silly bird, he waited until after the sun set to get close enough for a good photo, taken through my kitchen window. But a noisy grainy photo is better than none! He stuck around for longer than I expected the next day, joining the cardinals and the buntings in the birdbath for a happy splash. I never saw him on the seed feeders.
The peak of spring migration is getting close, so keep your eyes open in your own backyard. You never know what you might see!