For the past couple of days, I have delighted in watching this little Rufous Hummingbird visit, and guard the nectar feeder outside my kitchen window.
His beautiful coppery feathers, shimmering like pennies in the sun.
I caught a glimpse of orange out of the corner of my eye, and ran for camera. I just barely snapped a couple photos, although I was not equipped with my zoom lens at the time.
I keep an old serrated knife in my garden shed out back, and halve oranges straight off the trees, and stick them onto any spiky protrusion I can find. The Orioles love them. And they will ream an orange halve in a days time. Grape jelly is a favorite of theirs too. I keep it in little cups, and sometimes I just drop a dollop or two onto a stump or plate, and they find it. House finch also love the jelly and oranges.
The American Goldfinch are another favorite of mine. They hang every which way, onto the thistle feeder sock, and feast on seeds.
I keep a little feeder with black sunflower seeds and safflower seeds in the front planter. Makes for some easy bird watching from the front living room window. Below is a male House Finch.
Soon, my Iris will be erupting in bright purple, grape scented blooms, all throughout the front and back yards.
I leave you today with a heart that is full! Go make it a great day!!!