Thursday, May 19, 2016

Apple Blossom Time = Abundant Bird Life

A most welcome visitor to our yard and a long time favorite of ours is
 the Northern “Baltimore” Oriole.
Another reminder that our Father in Heaven oversees all things in the circle of life is currently unfolding before us.  Apple blossom time and songbird nesting season go hand in hand. Each day a variety of colorful songsters arrive, a good number of them attracted to the aromatic white clusters in search of insects. Some species still prefer to dine at our bird feeder and a few of our feathered friends will indulge themselves both at the feeder and on the bugs they find among the apple blossoms.  After all, it is nesting season and there are hungry little mouths to feed!   

The Yellow Warbler has a very familiar and cheery call.
This colorful visitor is the Yellow warbler, each one a tiny study in perpetual motion as they rapidly flit about seemingly non-stop while probing the apple blossoms for a meal.  Their call is most pleasing to the ears, one can't help but smile when they're around.

The Red breasted Groseak prefers to be heard, but not seen.
The easy to identify Rose-breasted Grosbeak is another visitor that is both colorful and bears a cheery song as well. We have two nesting pairs in close proximity this year.

The Indigo Bunting, seen here atop our feeder, is often mistaken for a blue bird. 
We’ve been seeing more and more of this species in recent years. 
Here you have four of our favorites, we hope your enjoy them as much as we do.  Each one is not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye but, the ear as well.  Their songs range from sweet to melodious to cheerful. We’ve heard it said the joy of the Lord will put a song in your heart. What might the songbirds be trying to tell us?

Until Next Time,
Jim & Claudia.   

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