Trapeze Artistry~

masters of the vertical trapeze.

As if, all their life,
they’ve been waiting for a high sliding wire.

Flying Wallendas,
with no need for nets or costumes.
Natures perfect performers.

Cheers to you from the Holler’s high-flying orioles~

219 thoughts on “Trapeze Artistry~

    1. They love this vertical wire. It lets them get directly above the other orioles which is an advantage when it comes to their favorite pastime which is hollering at each other!

  1. Your wildlife pics r to die for πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜ΈπŸ‘πŸ½this guy is a true avian birds cuz they fly above the small stuffπŸ˜‰πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘πŸΌ

      1. you r so welcome Cindy…I love watching crows especially wind surfing…they just seem in another world of gleeful abandon…that’s where I wanna be at least a few times a month..

  2. Orioles are quite the artistic acrobats! They’re a delight to watch even when they help themselves to hummingbird nectar. I showed this post to my mom who loved this reminder (as we haven’t seen much of them or the hummingbirds this summer, and can only hope they’ve found nourishment in shadier places elsewhere). Great to see you still have plenty of these visitors at the Holler, Cindy! πŸ™‚

    1. Oh I know you are sad to not be seeing the hummers and orioles. I am sorry. I wonder why not? Sometimes, they just pick another area. Next spring if you put out grape jelly and orange halves in the beginning of spring the orioles might come back. They cannot resist grape jelly! Sad for you and your mom.

  3. I find that birds are extraordinary intelligent creatures. I know that we will one day find a way to communicate. It seems they understand our language, but we have difficulty with theirs.

    1. I agree with you exactly and science is finally catching up with what you and I always knew. Birds can be highly intelligent, and probably understand us better than we understand them!

  4. Cindy, these are spectacular, a burst of colour and agility and such lovely words too. Do you take the photos? I never manage to capture birds well with my camera – patience perhaps?!

    1. Yes, I take all the photos on my site. Zoom lens helps a lot with the birdies, that and having the birds accoustomed to your presence seems to be the optimal combination.

  5. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    Stunningly beautiful Orioles performing their acrobatic routines in the holler for the benefit of Cindy Knoke’s camera. We have been enjoying the antics outside of our office window for the last few weeks. The very tiny yellow crested wren who does a pole dance every morning on a thin strand of ivy by the window.. it is such a privilege to be so up close and personal.. thanks Cindy.

    1. Oh, how wonderful! I would love to see the pole dancing wren and I so appreciate the metaphor. Birds are by far the most attractive pole dancers! πŸ˜‰ <3

  6. “with no need for nets or costumes.”

    “Natures perfect performers”.
    What beautiful captions you have put they are apt.
    My salutations to you.
    Do you remember you told something, that you are waiting to receive my Hug!
    It made me Glad.
    Thank You,

      1. Maam!
        What a Privilege to get this comment I do it for my Joy and its been my Passion and I give lots of my time for that inspite of…
        Hugs to you too.
        I just loved it.

    1. I just identified orchard orioles in the garden yesterday, which now brings three varieties of orioles at The Holler, each wonderful in their own way. So pleased you enjoyed them & cheers to you~

    1. Grape jelly is manna to them. It may be too late to attract them now, but if you put it out with oranges (there are feeders you can buy online for this) in early spring and keep it up, moving to a nectar feeder after they are established, they will return and nest annually by your feeder.

    1. I think it is very thoughtful of them too! πŸ˜‰ We have about a dozen orioles here each spring and summer. The females are more subtle in coloring, but still beautiful.

    1. Laughing, sometimes I play Cornell’s various recorded oriole songs for them on my laptop by the window. They fly up looking for the orioles! πŸ˜‰

      1. Couple a days ago I bewildered a Bewick’s Wren by playing its songs off a smartphone. Kind of felt sorry for him, he got all excited but there were no other wrens around.

      2. Yes, it can make you feel guilty if there is only one lonely bird. I do it with great horned owls, grobeaks, and the roadrunner. I think they believe birds live in the house which is why they nest in the inner courtyard. The only birds that could care less are hummers. There are so many of them, they are not interested. The mocking birds love it. It gives them new songs to mimic! πŸ˜‰

  7. Those orioles are comical, acrobatic and beautifully colored, Cindy. They do belong with a circus high wire act! I could easily be entertained and amused while watching them. πŸ˜€

      1. Cindy, I didn’t expect this characteristic of those cute birds acting like very rude people! Thanks for letting me in on this inside information. Really makes me wish I could observe them in reality. Take care, hope your summer goes well! <3

  8. As always – – – beautiful selection of subject matter and great photographs. We once saw Baltimore Orioles in upstate New York but I think they departed when the taxes got too high. Take care, Wally

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