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The Oreoles are back!

I was so excited to see the male Oreoles back last week. I watched them all last week gathering dried grass, sticks, string & dog hair to get their nests built before their mate got there. I read in one of my bird books to put small pieces of string out and brush the dog where they can gather the hair to build their nest. I saw the first female at the dish of grape jelly on Saturday. They are incredible to watch and listen to. I had four males on my deck at the same time Saturday and have seen two other males as well. They have very distinct markings this year. One of them built their nest in a tree next to the Coopersville-Marne Railway. As the train went by this weekend, it didn't seem to bother them a bit.  I can't wait to see the young ones at our feeder. Between the Oreoles and the house finches at the dish of grape jelly, it is going to be a fun summer for watching birds.