Sunday, May 12, 2019

A Mother's Day Buffet That Was For The Birds

It's Mother's Day weekend.  It's time to celebrate mother's of all kinds.  Some women are mothers to their dogs and cats, some to human children or some women just take the day to celebrate themselves.  Many of us are going out for brunch to a restaurant, are going to someone else's home or just staying home to relax.  Some mom's stay home and their children cook for them.  It's a sweet gesture, but sometimes it's more work for the moms cleaning up but she will never tell the kids that.

Although I didn't have to cook and my son-in-law's mother Beth made a delicious brunch, I set out a buffet for my feathered friends.  I put out a dish of grape jelly and made a special birdseed bundt cake made with meal worms, sunflower seeds, peanuts and regular birdseed blend.  I had many varieties of birds enjoying either the jelly, the cake or both.

My first visitors were the bluejays.  Papa took mama out to eat for Mother's Day 
A Catbird which liked both the jelly and the cake.

A Downy Woodpecker 
A Hairy Woodpecker

A Red Bellied Woodpecker
A Red Winged Blackbird
A Tufted Titmouse
A male Rose Breasted Grosbeak
A female rose breasted Grosbeak
A Chickadee
A male white breasted Nuthatch
A Red Breasted Nuthatch
Mr. and Mrs. Northern Cardinal
An Immature Orchard Oriole
A male Baltimore Oriole
This female Baltimore Oriole and soon to be mom showed up with some nesting material.
She had to put down the nesting material to eat but soon was on her way.
We had several different birds at other feeders.  I saw finches, woodpeckers, a variety of sparrows, blackbirds and starlings,  but this is a sampling of those who ate at the buffet.  We all, including myself, had a great day.