Living in Minnesota gives you a deeper appreciation for the changes that come with 4 seasons, particularly after this last winter. Spring is finally here and looking great. Over the 17 years that we have been in this house Steve has worked to improve the backyard. We now have a private park out my back door.
Right now we have the beautiful Goldfinch in his brilliant mating splendor. They stay all year round but are the fabulous bright yellow from mid-April to about September. They are small and flit around the yard all day long.
The Oriole has been working the yard for the past week also. Steve puts out the grape jelly they like so much along with the cut oranges. We have seen half a dozen in the yard at one time or another. They are also snacking at the hummingbird feeder Steve has put out.
Even the hummingbirds are coming back now. They seem to be the late arrivers at the party.
Steve says that he has seen 1 Indigo Bunting this spring as well.
This seasonal migrating birds are in addition to our regular bird population of Robins, Wrens, House Finches, Sparrows, Grackles, Bluejays, Starlings, Swallows, Red Winged Blackbirds, Mallard Ducks, the occasional Red Tailed Hawk and even a Bald Eagle every now and then. It is just consatant entertainment watching the backyard.