Okay, technically…. outside the house.
But I spotted a few of these beauties the other day…
And realized it was time to get the Baltimore Oriole feeder out.
20 minutes later…. after tearing the utility (read – I don’t know where else to put all this crap) closet apart, I remembered a raccoon had broken last year’s feeder trying to drink the nectar and I never replaced it.
May in Maine means Orioles.
It also means there’s not a feeder to be had within 500 miles. We northerners are starved for color after a long white winter and take our bird feeding seriously.
Jeff Bezos to the rescue.
Good thing I don’t use Alexa.
2 days later Amazon Prime came through with an interesting new triple threat feeder.
A flat dish for nectar.
Spikes for holding orange halves.
And 4 reservoirs for grape jelly.
I’d never done the jelly before, but Holy Hell! They love it.
Giving birds diabetes since 1923.
Our visiting Kestrel is back…
And he brought a friend…
(Apologies for the photo quality, I was at the utter limits of my zoom lens)
They’re such pretty little things, and I enjoyed watching them fly around the yard all morning.
Until I heard a thump…
And looked out the window.
Not for the dove anyway.
Kestrels will be Kestrels.
But it would have been nice if he’d finished his meal and not left me the pieces and parts clean up detail…
As well as a blood stained lawn.
Okay, granted… it could be worse.
I love living in the country….
Because you never know who will drop by.
Or deliver the mail.
The other day?
It was this little beauty.
An American Kestrel.
We have many birds of prey fly over head…. Bald Eagles, Red Tail Hawks, Golden Eagles, Ospreys .
We have a Sharp Shinned Hawk who plucks mourning doves off our bird feeders.
Yes, even the ones in disguise.
We have a Barred Owl who perches on our deck railing waiting for mice to scurry by.
But this Kestrel is the first one I’ve seen on our property in the 18 years we’ve lived here.
For bird lovers like us?
It’s a beautiful thing.
I love to bird watch.
They’re such delightful little creatures….
And every once in a while a really special feathered friend shows up at our feeders.
Of course this visitor….
A Cooper’s Hawk….
Shows up to eat the other delightful little creatures…. which is not at all delightful.
But he’s beautiful all the same.