Monday, May 20, 2019

Out Our Window

As Teri mentioned in the last blog we decided to take the "other" RV site this year. One advantage that it offers is a larger open area in front of the trailer, and that means more room for bird feeders!

We put out black oil sunflower, thistle, and our peanut butter log. This log was made from an oak branch from our old home in Elgin, and is at least 25 years old. It is such hard wood that even the most determined squirrels from around the country have been unable to destroy it!

Downy Woodpecker male

 A pair of Downy Woodpeckers found the peanut butter mixture almost immediately and have been steady customers. Last year we had the slightly larger Hairy Woodpeckers so we'll see if they make an appearance. 

American Goldfinch males

Our most numerous visitors have been American Goldfinches. We've seen as many as 25 of these beauties at once, and they love the thistle seed. The four in the picture above are all males in their breeding plumage. 

Pine Siskins are another bird that loves the tiny little thistle seeds. They are not as numerous as the Goldfinches but show up now and then.

Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch

Not long after we'd put up the first three feeders we had a hummingbird look into our window. It was as if he was saying "Hey, what about me??"  So we immediately added a hummingbird feeder to the lineup and we've seen as many as three Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. 

Ruby-throated Hummingbird male

We also enjoyed a short visit from a Black-throated Blue Warbler who was either confused or just liked sugar water. 
Black-throated Blue Warbler

We had been seeing reports of Orioles arriving in Maine, so decided to put out orange halves as they are fruit eating birds. Within just a couple of hours of putting them out we had a Baltimore Oriole. It is amazing how quickly these birds find the food. 

Baltimore Oriole

At the rate this bird is eating, we'll be lucky to get more than a couple of days out of each orange!

It seems like you can't have bird feeders without attracting squirrels. We've got two varieties here, the Gray Squirrel and the smaller Red Squirrel. They too found the feeders almost immediately!

Gray Squirrel

Red Squirrel

We take the feeders in every night to prevent raccoons and (heaven forbid) bears from messing with them. So far, so good!


  1. I'm getting a hummingbird rush here on Mesa Verde Rd in Medina. Have had a many as a dozen at a time feeding on our feeder. May have to get a part time job just to afford the sugar for the feeder...2 feeders full a day right now!

    1. Wow, that is a lot of juice to be going thru every day!! I don't think that we'll ever have that problem up here, as the Hummingbirds aren't that numerous.

  2. I just had a chance to catch up on you blog. With poor internet at Farragut... You look like you have had a pretty exciting journey north. Hope you missed all that nasty weather. Have a great summer.

    1. We had a great trip and did manage to miss the worst of the weather. You two have a wonderful summer as well.