Help ~ I'm turning into my mother!! First it was the oddly domesticated behaviors, i.e. cooking, baking and gardening. Now, I'm becoming a bird watcher!
Last weekend while we were planting, this guy sang to us for most of the day. It is a male Baltimore Oriole, which is not a terribly common bird to see in Michigan, although they sometimes vacation here in the summer. I haven't seen one in person since I was a little girl. They make unusual nests and I remember bringing one to show-and-tell at school, after the birds had decided to fly South for the winter.
This one has decided to build his summer home in a large tree that stands in the yard of the house behind us. This was the best picture I could get of him, seeing that the tree is extremely tall and he was high up in it. I haven't spotted his mate yet, but the females are not as colorful. I'm assuming he has found himself a mate, although he croons an awful lot, so maybe he is still looking for her!