The hummingbird and oriole feeders were full and out at the end of April.
There was waiting and watching, watching and waiting and more waiting.
Then it seemed they all came back at once.
Along with the orioles and hummingbirds arrived the rose-breasted grosbeaks and white-crowned sparrows.
According to the some internet research, the white crowned sparrows most likely won't stick around as they just passing through the area migrating to their breeding grounds further north.
However, the grosbeaks are sure be here for the summer as the region is in their breeding area.
By the second week, it was full in the morning and empty by my arrival at home after work. Although the orioles weren't entirely to blame as a gray catbird has also been feasting on the sweet substance.
Other returning birds included the chipping sparrows and brown-headed cowbirds.
Meanwhile, the hummingbirds had been feeding off and on.
Last summer, I had so many visiting that I was changing the feeder daily. However, this year is off to slow start.
I saw some feeder advice on a Facebook page which said that the solution should be changed every three to five days in cold weather and every other day in warm weather.
Although one of the best tidbist was not to fill the feeder full at the beginning of hummingbird season when there aren't that many of the little birds feeding.
This was one piece of advice i took to heart and it saved me from dumping out a lot of unused nectar solution.
I was happy to see the red-breasted nuthatch was sticking around. I think I first got a photo of one 2015 and they would show up sporadically to the feeders. It appears like this one might turn into a regular.
My next challenge is to get the hairy woodpecker and one of the downy woodpeckers in a photo together for size comparison.
However, birding photos at the feeder have become a bit more challenging since Clem, the bloodhound, figured out how to open the inside door to the side porch.
I used to be able to shut the inside door and use the outside sliding glass door as sort of a bird blind.
However, now I cannot crack the sliding glass door as I am often joined on the porch by a bunch of canines who feel that if I have a camera in hand that we should be on a walk.
Meanwhile at the neighbor's pond, a green heron has been visiting.
The region is listed in the heron's summer breeding grounds.
However, in my experience these colorful warblers always show up when I am least prepared to get a photo. It has been on rainy days with no good light or just a very brief appearance at the feeder.
That's just the nature of things 'round here.