When our apple tree blossoms we're assured of seeing a variety of songbirds. Most years see plenty of "return customers," but every so often we're blessed with a "newcomer," like the yellow warbler pictured above.
In past years I've seen the yellow warbler in good numbers while canoeing Oak Orchard Creek where it flows through the Alabama Swamp. This is the first time we've seen them in our yard. And like every other species that shows up in the apple tree, they've come to feed on the insects found in the apple blossoms.
An Indigo bunting probes the blossoms for a meal.
An oriole samples what's left of the suet.
A rose-breasted grosbeak interrupts the oriole's dinner.
Then there was the unexpected visitor at the feeder who had scaled the shepherd's hook and jumped onto the feeder.
He precariously worked his way downward...note how he's clinging by one paw!
Having settled in, he proceeds to stuff himself.