As our garden transformed last fall from actively growing into dormant and dying, we left many stems and other material in place instead of tidying up all of the dead stuff.
A few days ago this Baltimore Oriole was a benefactor of our decision, peeling fibers off of this Butterfly Bush stem for its mates’ nest.
I believe we will continue gardening in this wildlife friendly way.
The female Baltimore Oriole is a frequent visitor to this feeder. She vigilantly monitors our movements and flies away if we move too much.
It may be difficult to see the Baltimore oriole which visited our oriole feeder. I had heard it quite a few times in the days before this and had spent some extra time on the deck hoping to photograph it to no avail. One day I was out in the yard, turned around, and there he was. Fortunately I had the Playbook with me.