Saturday, May 7, 2016

Now That's a Big Hummingbird!!

Since we're here in Capitan, New Mexico for a while we decided to put out a hummingbird feeder. So far we've seen a few Black-chinned and Broad-tailed hummingbirds as well as some pesky House Finches that want some sugar water.
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Today I glanced out to see a beautiful male Bullock's Oriole in a small shrub beside our trailer.
Bullock's Oriole male
I scrambled for the camera and was happy to see that he was staying put. The next stop for this guy was our hummingbird feeder.
Bullock's Oriole on Hummingbird Feeder
An oriole is much heavier than a hummingbird and he was really leaning the feeder over. He tried one feeder hole and then another, but I think that the nectar was just a bit too low.

After a couple of more tries he flew off. We immediately refilled the feeder all of the way up to the top, and shortly this female came in for a drink.
Bullock's Oriole female


  1. We've put out oranges for the orioles... I've seen where others but out grape jelly... but the oriole feeder I bought about 20 years ago has never had the first takers here in Ohio. You sure got a handsome bird there!