During my visit with my parents last week, I spent some time checking out the birds that visit their suburban Chicago back yard feeders.
Baltimore Oriole nomming grape jelly
Ruby-throated Hummingbird nomming on nectar
Indigo Bunting considering next nom
Rose-breasted Grosbeak perching above noms
Orchard Oriole nomming on grape jelly
Mallards about to nom on cracked corn
These stunners were joined by many others; it was nice to add some ticks to my year list while lounging on the patio doing some lazy birding. New for 2012 were Hairy Woodpecker, White-breasted Nuthatch, White-crowned Sparrow, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Orchard Oriole – before I even unpacked my bags. 🙂