This is the day we wait for every spring and here they are!
Today two bright orange Oriole males, the orchard type, arrived at the hummingbird feeder in front of the kitchen window.
Immediately our welcome home routeen moved into high gear. Get one oriole feeders ready with sugar water and one with grape jelly and rush outside to put them up. The birds feed and head for the birdbath to take a well deserved bath. Afterward we see see them in the bushes near the orchard.
Around noon our first Hummer lands at he feeder. It’s the one we call Haggar. I don’t recall how he got that name, but he is easy to recognize because of his black head. Our hummingbirds are the Ruby-throated kind which are emerald green with white bellies and a ruby throat displayed by the males.
Haggar was born here three summers ago and we were astonished by the black feathers on this head. Since then he is the first to return every spring. Last year he arrived at the beginning of a snow storm and we worried about his survival during the night. Well, survive he did! And here he is again, and we are happy!