If you look closely at the red hummingbird feeder you will see a spec of orange. That is "he" -- our Baltimore Oriole who comes yearly for about 3 weeks to the gardens of Linderhof. This year he brought a "buddy" with him for yesterday morning there were two at the feeders. I've never seen a missus but surely there must be one somewhere.
They come because we have a tulip tree. The nectar from its flowers are a natural source of food. They're in the garden until the blooms fade and then they go elsewhere. I am hoping that perhaps because of the feeders that they will stay the summer and raise their young here. Perhaps they are already doing that. There is a nest somewhere and that is why you never see the missus -- she's on the nest.
With our little room with a big heart we can truly see the orioles this year. I find myself stealing a few minutes here or there to sit at the table and gaze into the garden. This weekend, it seems, I was always rewarded with an oriole sighting.