By Gary Bogue
Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 5:37 am in Hooded oriole.
I wanted to share a photo of our beautiful visitors. This pair of hooded orioles have returned to our hummingbird feeder. We saw them for the first time last year and were so pleased to see them return. They’re very skittish, so it was a challenge to get this photo. We enjoy your column every day. Thank you.
Cathy Whipkey, Livermore, California
Beautiful birds and a beautiful photo!
I get a lot of correspondence from my readers asking why the nectar in their hummingbird feeders is suddenly starting to disappear at an unusually rapid pace. Well … one reason is that a pair of hooded orioles may have arrived to start sucking those feeders dry! And we should also keep in mind that more than 50 other species of birds have been spotted freeloading at our hummingbird feeders at one time or another … as well as roof rats, squirrels, raccoons, bats … and who-knows-what-else. Pretty amazing when you think about it. /Gary