Tag Archive | Black Headed Grosbeak

Spring Migration is on at The Holler~

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Look who showed up, the Hooded Orioles!
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It is cause for celebration when these raucous, rackety, bickering-beauties show up each spring to spend the summer.
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I so look forward to another season of their antics. They make scrub jays seem shy, quiet and retiring by comparison!
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The Black Headed Grosbeaks arrived with the Orioles.
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They are much shyer birds but hopefully they will assert themselves a bit more with the orioles this season.
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These birds have such powerful beaks they can crack sunflower seeds in one chomp!
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They seem to be arriving in greater numbers which is encouraging.
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The Bullocks Orioles are new arrivals at The Holler this year. They are less assertive than their hooded cousins and can be identified by the black stripe across their eyes.
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The California Thrashers live at The Holler year round, and stay mostly on the ground where they run around in such a hysterical, late-for-a-date-state, they are hard to photograph.
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I think this one was stunned into temporary paralysis by the sudden arrival of all the spring competition which enabled me to finally get a few clicks of him!
Cheers to you from the still arriving Holler Birdies~
Some of your might like to listen to these birdies vocalizations:
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Hooded_Oriole/sounds
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black-headed_Grosbeak/sounds
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bullocks_Oriole/id
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/California_Thrasher/id

Beep-Beep & Cheep~

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The Holler really is ‘for the birds,’
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but, then, as you’ve probably noticed by now, so am I!
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They make the nicest neighbors,
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greeting us in the mornings, and flocking in droves to the feeders at sunset.
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Our son calls the roadrunners our “pets.”
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But they are wild creatures, who choose to live inside the refuge of our fences, which protect them from the Holler Wiley E’s.
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We also have found our refuge here, amongst this wild family.

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Cheers to you from wild creatures great & small because they are your family too, after all~