Time outside was limited yesterday. It was raining off and on and cold. There were freeze warnings for last night and tonight. Anyone that forgets their hanging baskets outside will have to buy new ones.
For now the birds are entertaining.
A Rose-Breasted Grosbeak. He is very handsome.
AND now for his female counterpart who is very shy…I stalked her for a long time.
Here she is …she got the short end of the stick…and is fairly dowdy compared to her mate. She is sitting on the branch that holds our outdoor sensor for the thermometer.
A Harris’ Sparrow stopped by to rest and recoup.
I love his black head, I have not seen this Sparrow in our yard before..we must be lucky this year.
Side view of Mr. Harris’ Sparrow he will head on North for the summer…way North!
While in town I bought a new feeder for the Orioles and they are sharing sometimes not so happily with the Yellow-Rumped Warblers.
This feeder hold an orange, and has a container for sugar water…Far Guy mixed 2 cups of water and 1/3 cup sugar boiled it, cooled it and filled the bottom part of the feeder. This feeder also has little dishes that hold grape jelly. Emphasis on little..as they don’t hold much jelly. I have another feeder out there that has larger containers for jelly and a spot for two oranges.
The Yellow Rumped Warblers like the suet feeders.
Here the little Goldfinch is giving them the business. Yes, we have a safety pin..that discourages the Ravens from opening the suet cage…they haven’t figured out how to undo a safety pin…yet.
Update on Far Guy: He was started on a different antibiotic. He has acute bronchitis. If it is bacterial he should respond soon, if it is viral it could take weeks. He is resting mostly because he is exhausted from coughing, I goad him into moving around some and using one of those deep breathing thingys and he is using the nebulizer. Short of hospitalization…I am doing what I can to help him get better one day at a time.
Many people in the area have had this whatever..starts with a tickly throat, then a cough and then a head/chest cold with a temperature and body aches. Far Guy had it and was over it and relapsed. So far I have avoided it.