Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Lifer!!!

Hubbers came in from work one day last week and said, "Hey, there's something on your feeder out back."
I said "Which feeder?" 
He said "The orange."
 
THE ORANGE!!!!  I'd had it up for days, hoping that the elusive Baltimore Oriole I spotted last fall briefly, a flash of orange and black in my neighbour's tree, would return.
 
Grabbing my camera, I left dinner cooking on the stovetop, and quickly but gingerly, walked to the back room window, I didn't want to frighten away the something that was on the orange.
 
As I was snapping madly, trying to control my excitement, and shaking hands, Hubbers was yelling from the kitchen, "Is it still there? What is it?" Now Hubbers is a wonderful guy, but when it comes to bird watching and photography, he hasn't quite mastered the art of being quiet. He did turn the burners on the stove to low, because he knows, when there is a new bird in the yard, I'm going to be taking photos until it flies away.
 
Here is my first view, and photo of the something!
 
 
I got a lot of great shots on day one, but this is my favourite!
Male Baltimore Oriole
 
A few days later, this little darling showed up.
Female Baltimore Oriole

They both come a couple of times a day now, (but she is very skittish).
I have added grape jelly and nectar (sugar water) to the feeders
to ensure that they return.

I have heaps of photos of this pair,
so you know you will be seeing a lot more in the days to come.

And, as always, no post would be complete without a...
 Squirrel (Buff)

sharing with...
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51 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

CONGRATULATIONS.
And thank you for sharing the awesomeness with us - and if that isn't a word, it should be.

ladyfi said...

Wow - stunning shots of the oriole!

mick said...

How exciting! The colors are beautiful and I hope you get lots more photos to share with us all.

lorik said...

They are all wonderful images...but the first is truly amazing...it took me a while to stop seeing it as abstract art....before I finally saw the bird.

orchid Miyako said...

Oh My; I can guess your excitement and smiled to read that you got so happy♡♡♡
Wonderful photograph of the orange and the birds with orange feather☆☆☆

Sending you Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Andy said...

It's another great day for bird photograph. There have been a few Oriole spotted here but they never seem to say.

Gunsside said...

Beautiful shots
and a very Nice colored bird

eileeninmd said...

Congrats on your Oriole, they are beautiful birds. Great shots! Have a happy day!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Extraordinary!! Congratulations on having one for your life list.

Carver said...

Beautiful bird and great shot of the squirrel too.

Arija said...

The one bird apart from a snowy owl, that I have been longing to see in person for over 50 years, ever since I got a bird book in Canada (no glossies, just descriptions). Now I am on the wrong continent and can no longer fly . . . bother.

Stewart M said...

What a splendid looking bird - congrats on seeing (and photographing) one!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Beth @ "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

gorgeous birdie. i have been away on a camping adventure. & now just getting back to replying & talking to you guys again. hope you are well. ( ;

TexWisGirl said...

so great that you got a pair of orioles! yay! they're so beautiful, we won't mind lots of photos! just like your adorable squirrels (i had 11 at the feeder tree yesterday. mine are not so adorable...) :)

Gail Dixon said...

That is so awesome! I'd love to see this bird one day. Your photos are spectacular! Frame-worthy for sure.

Linda W. said...

What a beautiful pair of birds! Exciting that you were able to photograph them.

Sylvia K said...

Fantastic, Karen!! And they are SO beautiful!! Your captures are superb as always and, of course, I love Buff!! Looks as though your week is off to a great start!! Enjoy!!

Bob Bushell said...

Oh, a dream came to you. So well photographed too Karen.

Frank said...

Congrats on the 'orange' lifer Karen. Super shots.

Andrew Fulton said...

Wonderful birds ... fantastic images.

Katrin said...

Stunning pictures and perfect light and colors!

DeniseinVA said...

How very exciting for you Karen. I would have fallen out of my shoes. You got some fantastic shots and I look forward to the others, and I always love your sweet squirrel pics. Enjoy the rest of your week :)

Phil Slade said...

Spectacular and oh boy!, is it orange? Hey those hubbys come in useful sometimes if only to turn down the gas.

Mary Cromer said...

Love those Orioles and the Squirrel too cute, of course ;)

edenhills said...

I've only caught one fleeting glimpse of the Baltimore orioles this year. You got some wonderful photos of it. Love the squirrel too.

Gunilla Bäck said...

How wonderful! They're a beautiful couple.

Gary Phillips said...

Beautiful!! Boom, Bobbi and Gary.

RedPat said...

You and EG take the best bird shots!

chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

Wonderful captures! Especially the first one - what a cheeky little fellow!

Lisa Gordon said...

What a beautiful couple they are, Karen, and I just love that little Buff! Such a sweet little nose. :-)

Karen said...

He is beautiful Karen and matches the orange, you were lucky to capture him. Beautiful images.

Debbie said...

So exciting Karen, and I am just as excited for you!! Beautiful images, your hubs sounds just like mine!!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those birds are indeed SOMETHING ... something very special! Wonderful that you got both male and female.

Loving this.

Susan said...

How delightful! Oh I just love those photos Karen, so crisp and the colours of the Oriole - simply splendid :D)

Stephanie said...

Stunning shot of the Oriole and cute squirrel shot.

Andaje said...

I've said it a dozen times before, but... I LOVE your garden!!! Wonderful that you and hubby are able to see all these wonderful birds in your garden/at the feeder

Margaret Adamson said...

How wonderful and I am thrilled for you. That sure is a beautiful @something' bird! I don't mind how many photographs I see of it, it is so beautifully marked.

Gemma Wiseman said...

I wonder if the oreole knows that he so beautifully matches the feeder. A stunning orange and wonderful profiles. Glad to see that the squirrel guy is still hanging round. Such a cutie.

Judy said...

Wow, wow, wow.

i stora drag said...

Wow, that was a real beauty! Very nice photos of your new bird!
First photo was also funny!
/Pia

Pat said...

Congratulations on luring that beautiful bird to your yard. Your photos are beautiful. I'm doing the same thing, putting out oranges, grape jelly and nectar. I hear the Baltimore Oriole but I've only gotten a shot of him from a distance. As far as I know, he hasn't come near the feeders.

Nette Cecilia said...

Lovley bird an a photos too ,Nette

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I love these orange guys.. Congrats Karen!!! ..Michelle

Roan said...

I would have been out there for a long time too. You got some great shots! Of the squirrel, too.

Icy BC said...

I can feel your excitement as I am excited just to see such fantastic and beautiful shots of these couple..They are just so amazing!

bettyl-NZ said...

What a lovely bird to be excited about! Great shots.

Les... said...

Excellent achievement to celebrate!!

Not only did you get a Baltimore Oriole - you got the PAIR!! *VBS*

What an amazing little bird they are, so beautiful! Well done!!!

Plus, always love your squirrel shots, so much detail and character. That Buff is a fine looking specimen hey? *S*

BumbleVee said...

Wow.... great shots....

Felicia said...

The orioles are beautiful. I need to try to entice them too.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my word this is GREAT! How exciting and wow those pics are great.

I have never seen one up close like that. Yay! (Thank you hubs for us!)

Sheila at WolfSongBlog.Com said...

Congrats on your new life bird. Great photos!!