You know it’s going to be a good morning when your first birds are a Baltimore Oriole, an Eastern Bluebird, and a Pine Warbler together in a treetop. Orange, blue, and yellow – such colorful feathers!
Baltimore Orioles are most easily found in Florida during spring migration, but some birds do winter here. They feed on oranges and nectar. My parents have been seeing one in their backyard, enjoying the oranges from their trees. It’s always fun to get close to one of these brightly-colored birds. The male nectared on hibiscus blooms while the female looked on from the treetop.
The Eastern Bluebirds were singing in the bright cool morning. While they mostly stayed in the treetops, one did fly in closer and show me his beautiful blue feathers.
The Chipping Sparrows were out in full force that morning. They are enjoying the remaining purple American Beautyberries that add such cheerful color to the winter landscape.
The loudest sounds sometimes come from the smallest bird. This tiny House Wren alternating between flitting between trees and singing his heart out.
My last bird of the day was this Eastern Phoebe, perched on the top of a young pine tree. A member of the flycatcher family, he darted out from his perch and caught a bug in mid-air. Then he told me to come back soon!
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Not only did you have a great start to the day, but looks like the middle and end of the day weren’t too shabby, either!
Terrific series of images, as usual!
Thanks for a colorful start to my day!
Thanks Wally! Something tells me I’m going to be addicted to ONP this spring :)