So many quality things are happening, it's hard to decide what to share. Loretta gave me a gift certificate for plants as a present, and the weather was gorgeous today, so I gardened. But those pictures can wait.
I want to share with you the great show given us by the Baltimore Oriole, Icterus galbula. They come through almost every spring, sing for me and move on. They were in Loretta's yard last night because she has a hummingbird feeder, which orioles love. (Not to mention oranges and grape jelly!) These are the best pictures I've ever gotten. And you get a story, too.
Om and I pulled into Loretta's driveway and Mrs. O poked her head out of the lattice that covers the space under the deck. Seemed like an odd place for an oriole to hang out, to me.
She moved to a planter, and WOW, Mr. O appeared.
Now, don't go thinking they might build a nest under there. That's not their style at all. They hang a basket from a branch- that and their color give them the nickname "Fire Hangbird."
Back to the story. Pretty soon the female went to the railing. Can't believe bird feet can get much purchase on that pipe!
The male followed, again, but he liked a post better.
This isn't a great picture, but I like it because of the motion. So you get one more.
P.S. still in fine print. The antibiotics are working, but things are not right yet. Hike plans with a tentative green light, but it's got to be better. Can't hike like this. Food is not my friend. Managed to eat about 1/2 c. white potato, 1/4 c. applesauce, 1/4 c. sweet potato, 2 strawberries, and 4 small bites of lemon cake all day.
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