Stopping for Lunch

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Biggest moon of the year

This is a photo of the full moon described in this post.


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There will be a solar eclipse visible today here in the western U.S. For more information you can look at this link: Rare ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse Visible from China to Texas Today. It looks like we in Southern Oregon are on the direct path! The eclipse should peak at about 6:30 pm I think.

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After my post last week on attracting the Bullocks Oriole to a feeder outside our kitchen window I received several emails asking what specific feeder I use.  It is one I purchased at a local feed store and I don’t know the brand but I do know it was designed specifically for Orioles.  I have included a couple of photos at the end of this post if that helps to find one that works for you.

On another note, our Orioles seem to have become more brave as time goes by.  We can now easily watch them out the window without them always flying away.  We have at least one breeding pair and one additional male.  We may have two breeding pairs though.  The two males we see are easy to tell apart, but the females are much harder.  Also, in addition to their beautiful song we can hear when they are up in the trees, the males have become even more vocal when at the feeder.  There they often make a very shrill, short, sharp, single note call.  Almost as if they are being territorial or announcing to their mates that we have replenished the jelly.

I plan to try again to see if I can get a photo out the window and will post them if I am successful.  For now, here are a couple photos of the feeder.  Mainly they eat the jelly, but sometimes they also drink the sugar water through the 4 holes in the lid.

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Photo by Kevin Cole

For years I would occasionally see what I thought were orioles as I was out in our garden.  I often wondered why I never saw them at the feeders outside our kitchen window where I could get a close up look at them.  Last year I found out why.  The oriole is a nectar eating bird, not a seed eater.  I discovered if I put a large hummingbird feeder up with dollops of jelly on the top, the orioles would come to visit.  I have tried to get a photo of them at the feeder, but they must be the most skittish bird on earth!  Every time we make the slightest movement inside the kitchen window, they fly away.

So, being unable to get a photo of our orioles, included here is a nice photo taken by a guy who has lots of bird photos on his Flicker stream. (click the photo to check them out.)  Also here are a couple of links that show the Bullock’s Oriole that nests here. A very beautiful bird!

Bullock’s Oriole

Google Images of Bullock’s Orioles

And here is a link to the sound of the Bullock Oriole.

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