Sunday, July 9, 2017

Yard Highlights - 02 Jul 2017

The raccoons made off w/ the orange jelly feeder this morning. So, Robin gave me a yogurt container of jelly and a small stand for us to put the dish. Timing was great as the Baltimore Orioles came in by the half dozen. A couple of males, and a pair of fledglings looking for jelly from mom and dad.

One of the birds has a damaged left eye and is having trouble flying. After buying new hummingbird and oriole feeders today the raccoon got them and emptied the jelly and nectar. I found this male stuck to the hummingbird feeder covered in jelly and trying to drink the (lack of) nectar. I was able to approach very closely before it fluttered off to nearby bushes, where I realized it was in trouble.

So, I took the feeders inside, cleaned and freshened them up, and brought them back out just as the little male fluttered back in. I took off one of the yellow plastic flowers from the hummingbird feeder so it could drink easier. It found the hole and spent 30 minutes drinking and resting. He came back a bit later after I took the feeders down for the night.

Later in the day an Eastern Phoebe appeared. It appears to be a juvenile as evidenced by the cinnamon-colored wing bars that are normally absent on adults.

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