Migrating Birds Returning Soon

In just over a month, we should start to see the return of some of my favorite summertime backyard birds.  All of these returned last year in the first week of May.  The first to arrive was the Rose-brMale & Female Rose-breasted Grosbeakeasted Grosbeak.  Here is a photo of Mr. and Mrs. Grosbeak.  These beautiful birds migrate north in the summer for breeding.  You can read about them in depth on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website.



The second stunning bird to arrive last spring was this handsome fellow – the Baltimore Oriole.  The Orioles are at least initially attracted by grape jelly and oranges.  Unfortunately for me, these magnificent baltimore oriolebirds have only stuck around our house for about 2 weeks the last couple years I’ve had an Oriole feeder out.  I’m hoping to keep their attention longer this year.  You can read more about these birds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website. 

Probably my favorite of all is this remarkable little creature – the Ruby-throated Hummingbird.  It was the last to show up last spring, albeit only be a couple days.  I have two hummingbird feeders up – one on each side of our house.  They are apparently quite territorial and don’t like to share.  I have been on a quest for the last few years trying to get the perfect photo. hummingbirdI have many I like a lot like this one of this female Hummingbird on the Hosta blossoms.  We only get one breed of Hummingbird here in Michigan and you can read more about it at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology website


Do you look for these birds each spring like I do?  Leave a comment when you see them show up at your house this year! 


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  1. Kent, these are outstanding photos of birds I rarely , if ever, see. If Dad we’re here I’d be showing them to him. He would really appreciate them.

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