Hummingbirds, Oriole and Finches

I don’t think we’ve ever had so many hummingbirds.  There were five in the garden tonight, chasing each other around and impressing me with their acrobatics. I did get them to pose for a couple of shots, but most had to be taken on the wing.

Hummingbird in flight
Hummingbird in flight
Hummingbird resting
Hummingbird resting

They don’t rest for very long.  With the speed of their metabolism, I suppose a minute is like a nap for an hour or two for us. Here he is again, back in flight.

Male ruby-throated hummingbird
Male ruby-throated hummingbird

For some reason, this one tried to sneak up on an unsuspecting goldfinch:

Hummingbird and finch
Hummingbird and finch

This young oriole was trying to get into the finch food; I’m not sure why as we have oriole feeders and they otherwise seem to prefer grubs.

First fall oriole
First fall oriole

He doesn’t have a black cap like a mature oriole, so this is his first fall colouring.

Finally, the rose-breasted nuthatches are back, after heading north for the summer.  Here’s one, going nuts.

Rose-breasted nuthatch
Rose-breasted nuthatch

Bluebirds and Swallowtails

Later in the spring – bluebirds, woodpeckers, ruffed grouse and swallowtail butterflies – nature is getting rambunctious.

After working dawn til dusk for a while and not being home the week before that,  I had some catching up to do.  We have several pairs of bluebirds nesting in our boxes.  Here is one on top of the pole which holds his box:

Bluebird on pole
Bluebird guarding his nest

And here is a back view – through a window with the light hitting obliquely, which fogged the picture a little.

Bluebird on feeder
Bluebird on feeder

Here is a female ruby-throated hummingbird perched on top of our blue spruce – about 7m high, so she gets a good view.

Hummingbird
Hummingbird

 

Totem Pole Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker carving totem pole

He has a lot of work to do before this pole is finished.

We are also fortunate enough to have grouse nesting in the hardwood forest on the south side of the house.  I took this picture of the eggs but haven’t been back as she flew off the nest when I got close and I don’t want to frighten her away.  It must be very difficult to stay safe with all the predators there are around.

Ruffed Grouse Nest
Ruffed Grouse Nest

There are lots of butterflies around, too.  Here is a Swallowtail, showing the top side of its wings:

Swallowtail butterfly on Dame's Rocket
Swallowtail butterfly on Dame's Rocket

And here is the underside of the wing:

Swallowtail butterfly on Dame's Rocket
Swallowtail butterfly on Dame's Rocket - underwing

Finally, a couple of wildflowers.  First another picture of the ladyslippers I showed in my last post:

Ladyslippers
Ladyslippers

and the wild scarlet columbines are out again, but not so many this year.  They’re still recovering from the power company clearing the lines as that is where most of them grow where it is open, dry and sunny.

Scarlet Columbine