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Birdwatching 101Posted Sunday, May 4, 2008, at 8:16 PM
This is the most recent addition to my wild birds - A traveling Oriole, who has come to my hummingbird feeder in the past week. I have been waiting 30 years to see one here!!!
Anyway, as you can tell from my photo (I hope it's not too dark), I finally have my first ORIOLE, after all 30 years of feeding every bird and squirrel in the Tillman countryside! I am ecstatic!!
It took this pretty guy a while to get the "hang" of the feeder. (Get it, get it?) First, he tried to peck at the liquid through the glass.
"I can SEE it! Why can't I drink it??"
When that was unsuccessful, he tried to find a spicket of some sort underneath the feeder. No luck.
Finally, he reached over and discovered one of the holes. Voila! Success!
I'm pretty sure that the Orioles are just passing through the area and won't be here long. The only other ones I ever saw were at my sister's house in Springfield many years ago. She and Mom had regular Oriole feeders, which I think are a bit more accommodating for the larger size of the Oriole. Still, they adapt quite well to the hummingbird feeders, so I don't believe I'll rush out and purchase a special one.
I guess I could start a series in which I post some bird photos from my regular feeder, where I spend a veritable fortune on black oil sunflower seeds - but that would mean that I would have to wash my windows... Mmm...I shall have to ponder the issue to decide if it's worth it...
I shall list the birds which appear in regularity at my feeder in the yard under the big oak tree (high on a pole so my son's cat can't get them!): Cardinals, Indigo Buntings, Yellow-shafted flickers, Titmice (or is it Titmouses?), chickadees, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Rufus-sided Towhees, (long ago) blue Grosbeaks, Hairy & Downy Woodpeckers (since the only difference is size, my sister simply calls them "Hairy Downy Woodpeckers" and that covers both...), doves, wrens (these catch bugs around the house), Phoebes (I don't see these at the feeders - They build a nest on my back porch light every year.)....
Birds I don't see anymore: Barn swallows. Mmm...They used to occupy the porch light nest and terrorized every moving thing in the vicinity, but I haven't seen them in recent years.
Birds I hear but don't see: Owls, Whippoorwills, Meadow larks, Bob Whites.
That is my Bird Blog!
I think it would be perfectly charming to talk about birds for awhile, don't you, girls? We can probably be sure that the guys won't bother us on this topic, since the only birds they're interested in are ones they can kill -- like turkeys.
Oh, I forgot turkeys. I have a sweet turkey hen who seems to live on my lane all by herself - except when she has a brood of adorable babies. I sometimes forego my morning walk, so that the dogs don't upset her. Today, my son's father-in-law said that he saw some white on her tail, which he says means that she's a tame bronze turkey gone wild. I never heard of that. I wondered why she was always by herself and didn't run around in a flock. Now, I'll worry about her even more.
From the charming, bird-filled hills of Tillman, Missouri, this is your bird-watching and squirrel-feeding rural journalist, Madeline, signing off on an absolutely GORGEOUS Sunday evening!
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Madeline (Giles) DeJournett is the Advance writer for the North Stoddard Countian. A retired high school English/history teacher, she spent 32 years teaching in 5 schools in Missouri and Alaska. These days, she lives quietly with a menagerie of wild and domestic animals on 52 secluded acres in the remote Tillman hills south of Advance. She graduated from Dexter High School in 1960 and Southeast Missouri State in 1964. She can be contacted at email@example.com.