[Mnbird] Orioles, tentatively.

Tom and Suki Thomsen tomthomsen2 at msn.com
Tue May 5 18:47:56 CDT 2015


A quick yard report from Stillwater. I also had a Red Headed Woodpecker which stayed for 3 days (May 2-4). It had a favorite perch in a Basswood tree and visited the black sunflower seed feeders throughout the day. Yard bird first.
Saw first Oriole and RB Grosbeak on May 4. Had a few YR Warblers last week and they have left. No other warblers yet. Are they late this year or am just getting anxious?
Tom Thomsen
 
> Date: Mon, 4 May 2015 21:22:13 -0500
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> Subject: [Mnbird] Orioles, tentatively.
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> I’m not sure. Maybe I haven’t been birding long enough (8 yrs?) to accept the ebb and flow of different spring migrations. I am talking about yardbirds and yes I’m a little spoiled. In East St. Paul in our yard we’ve had a Red Headed Woodpecker (yes it really was..not just a woodpecker with red on it’s head) About 6 years ago we had a Summer Tanager which is what made everything go full tilt.  This year is a little strange.
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> A couple years ago as soon as I put the jelly out I had 5 or 6 orioles within 15 minutes. Grosbeaks always come first and they did this year too, by about 2 hours.Then yesterday one Oriole and a couple more today one at a time. Still just the 2 RBGs yesterday. No Indigo Buntings yet. Yellow Rumped Warblers and Kinglets came about 10 days ago. Always 1 Oven Bird comes before anyone else.
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>  By this time (at least garden, trees blooming wise) I’ve seen at least one Scarlet Tanager and lots of Indigo Buntings in the plum trees catching bugs. A couple years ago I saw 16 species of warblers in our yard and Scarlet Tanagers eating oranges and grape jelly. We do have a bunch of Brown Headed Cowbirds and a few Red Winged Blackbirds and have for the last 4 years or so but they haven’t really seemed to dissuade other birds in the past. Apologize for the musing. Probably everyone will show up tomorrow.
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