With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: That's Not a Hummingbird

Friday, May 20, 2011

That's Not a Hummingbird

But just as exciting to see!
Imagine our surprise to see a beautiful Baltimore Oriole on this dreary morning on the hummingbird feeder.
We don't remember ever seeing an Oriole in our yard.
 The Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) is a small icterid blackbird that averages 18 cm long and weighs 34 g. This bird received its name from the fact that the male's colors resemble those on the coat-of-arms of Lord Baltimore.
(Source: Wikipedia)
I have now learned visits to hummingbird feeders aren't uncommon
Source: Wikipedia:
Baltimore Orioles forage in trees and shrubs, also making short flights to catch insects. They mainly eat insects, berries and nectar, and are often seen sipping at hummingbird feeders. Oriole feeders contain essentially the same food as hummingbird feeders, but are designed for orioles, and are orange instead of red and have larger perches. Baltimore Orioles are also fond of halved oranges, grape jelly and, in their winter quarters, the red arils of Gumbo-limbo (Bursera simaruba).

26 comments:

Sue said...

Good Morning LDH,
How cool is this!! I am always so thankful for the little gifts that God gives us each day.

Thanks for sharing the recipe for tea, in your last post, I grow mint and had not thought about adding it.
enjoy your day.
Sue

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

He is just beautiful...I have never seen one up close. We have a our humming bird feeder out and we are so enjoying the humming birds, but I don't think we will see what you saw.

Mildred said...

I have another blog friend in IN who was surprised to see an Oriole. Such a beautiful bird.
Saying a prayer that your shoot goes very well tomorrow.

Snap said...

WOWOWOWOWOW! He's a beauty (and he knows it). Wonderful!

Lallee said...

What a treat. We have seen a Baltimore Oriole in our yard twice in 20 years. So colorful and pretty! One of those feeders is on my list--I read they keep the ants out. That has been a big problem with all my other hummingbird feeders.

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a beautiful bird. I always amazed at the vibrant colors God wasn't shy about using in birds. So pretty!

Debbie said...

Good Morning! How pretty is that!! I have a humming bird feeder on my front porch...I am going to start watching closer for visitors. Have a wonderful day!

Susan said...

Oh, LDH, perfect photos. And what a great unplanned color combo. Great job! Susan

Cindy said...

Beautiful! I've been enjoying seeing cardinals and goldfinches at our feeders.

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

How cool! Great shot of such a pretty bird!

Dayle said...

I'm always a bit envious of those who enjoy the company of birds so close-up and personal. One day I'll figure out how to get rid of the pesky squirrels around here, then maybe my day for enjoying the birds will come. Gorgeous pictures.

Ann said...

I've never seen one of those but they sure are pretty. How interesting they they like to visit hummingbird feeders. You got some great pictures of him.

Garden Lady said...

We have never seen one of these in our yard, and you were able to get a picture too, just beautiful. We have heard the hummingbirds chirping at each other, but have yet to see them at our feeders.

mercedes scott said...

Oh my, your photos are so lovely! What a wonderful Show & Tell post! Thank you so much for visiting me today and your nice comments :)

Penned Pebbles said...

What a beautiful bird! Thank you for educating me about the Baltimore Oriole. Blessings!

Buttercup said...

Fabulous pictures!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

Love these pictures. I showed my husband because he has been thinking he has seen orioles in our yard. Au contraire. We have robins. Now he's convinced. :-)

Sara said...

He's stunning! Wishing you a happy weekend. :)

deb mills said...

i am jealous, lol! we have orioles who come back every year and build a nest in a tree hanging over our patio. i see them up there and occasionally in a bush. i bought one of those orange feeders for orioles last year, have filled it with nectar, grape jelly and the half orange. and do they ever use the feeder? nooooo. your photos are gorgeous! maybe some day.... :)

Schnauzer Days said...

Good Morning! Thanks for dropping by to see us, what a beautiful photo, you're very lucky to have such lovely birds visiting, have a lovely weekend, xxx

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a colorful little visitor. You have Baltimores and we have Bullocks. I have seen a few in my new yard. We are planting trees and getting feeders up....along with garage shelves, accessories, and taking care of grandchildren! Yikes...I sure have missed all of our trees and birds this Spring. Thanks for sharing yours!

Life In a Little House said...

Beautiful we have hooded orioles visit us they are very similar they love anythingthe hummingbirds do! You got some great pictures that is one way to brighten up a rainy day have a blessed weekend love Heather

Kristen said...

What a lovely sight! Nature gives us more entertainment than Hollywood!

A Quiet Gracious Life said...

Oh how neat! I had no idea they liked nectar.

Beth said...

What beautiful photos! My mom often got orioles at her hummingbird feeders too.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

You captured a wonderful photo of it! What a beautiful bird.

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