At this time of the year, birds are at their MOST spectacular!
Dozens of species have migrated north and call Bucks County home during the nesting season. They wear their best colors – morphing into “alternate” or “breeding” plumage which often envelopes them in bright colors.
Baltimore Orioles make their way up from Central America and the males display some of the brightest feathers in the bird kingdom. You can attract these beacons to your yard with an oriole feeder and some halved oranges and bird jelly.
Summer seed eaters that may visit include Indigo Buntings, a tiny bird with big color – an azure blue that is as deep and rich as an ocean.
Male Rose-breasted Grosbeaks have shocking black and white plumage with a blaze of red on their bib that makes cardinals jealous. And of course, American Goldfinches make their presence known with sun-yellow bodies and black wings.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds readily visit a feeder designed especially for them. They are a true wonder of nature and you can enjoy them just beyond your kitchen window!
Create a moving source of water (we have bird bath drippers and wigglers) and you very well might be treated to a rainbow of colors provided by some of the numerous species of warblers that visit or nest in our area.
Suet cakes are also enjoyed by warblers as well as gregarious Grey Catbirds, a slim bird with a black cap that’s related to mockingbirds. Vireos and tanagers are other summer residents that have been seen nibbling on suet.
Year-round visitors will continue to visit your feeders – Blue Jays, Northern Cardinals, Tufted Titmice, Carolina Chickadees, woodpeckers, and others.
So…by all means…continue to feed birds this summer by providing different sources of food to complement your seed feeders and you will have one colorful yard!
PHOTO CAP: Baltimore Orioles display some of the brightest plumage in the bird kingdom.