Of the feathered friends who have arrived and been cataloged, one gorgeous shot has been obtained. I entered it into a photography contest today. As it has no hope of winning, and when you see the winner you will understand, I will also post it here.
Over the coming months there should be more birds arriving. And I guess I should add in the sand hill cranes that I saw overhead a few weeks ago. They are huge, a little terrifying and very much like a pterodactyl when you are not prepared for them. I was not prepared. And I may have screamed a little. The swans are not back in the yard though they are out on the bay. Last April we had them on the lake so I do not know why they are not here now. There was plenty of food and a not a lot of pestering from humans.
I think that I am going to add one more feeder for the small seed so that the platforms are free for the larger birds. The baby cardinals have been hanging out but the parents are scarce. Also hoping that some of the birds will get used to us enough to stick around when the camera is out. It would be especially nice to catch the Red winged blackbird in flight, showing off his bright colors.
The bird bath goes out tomorrow as well as the oriole feeder. Perhaps that will encourage more of the kind.