Yesterday at about 8:30 am I heard our first of the year Baltimore Oriole song in our backyard. Although it seemed to be flying around singing & establishing it's territory, I could not see it. Can't tell if this is particularly early, as every year I see the first male orioles exactly as the Japanese Quince flowers open. This year the flowers are obviously behind schedule.
This morning I saw another(?) Oriole fly off from the tree near the Dodge Rd. bridge, as I approached around the curve. A Pileated Woodpecker went around the backyard this morning. This is also the time when two males show up and compete showing off on adjacent trees. One has been occasionally coming to our suet feeder this winter. Nari Mistry, Ellis Hollow Rd. -- _______________________ *Nari B. Mistry*, Ithaca, NY To see my paintings, visit http://www.ArtbyNari.com -- Cayugabirds-L List Info: http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsWELCOME http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsRULES http://www.NortheastBirding.com/CayugabirdsSubscribeConfigurationLeave.htm ARCHIVES: 1) http://email@example.com/maillist.html 2) http://www.surfbirds.com/birdingmail/Group/Cayugabirds 3) http://birdingonthe.net/mailinglists/CAYU.html Please submit your observations to eBird: http://ebird.org/content/ebird/ --