Orioles, and other common spring migrants have recently picked up the pace. Today I had 13 orioles in my yard at the same time. Perhaps 20 birds total of the three local species, Hooded, Scott’s and Bullocks. The Bullock’s, seen in the center is an adult male. The hooded on the right is a first-summer male, and the Scott’s is a first-summer male or adult female.
Lawrences Goldfinches, after being scarce last year, are much more numerous this season. This may be due to the patches of their favorite food, common fiddleneck. The abandoned next-door house’s yard includes a large patch. I’ve been collecting the dry ripe seeds from the stalks.