Maine Living Blog Series Number 3: Black Flies
Black flies are the precursor to many of the birds, flowerings, and plants that only happen in May. Once I feel a swarm of black flies walking on my face I know its time to keep an eye out for those favorites. Sure enough, on Wednesday I had my dose of black flies. Since then I've seen a Baltimore oriole, three rose-breasted grosbeaks and an indigo bunting at the feeders. All three are vividly colored; the oriole being bright orange with black wings while the indigo bunting is an interesting bright blue, and the grosbeaks are black with white streaks and a red bib on the white underside. My usual assortment of backyard birds is particularly busy, many who are enjoying the suet typically don't indulge. The blue jays, cowbirds, and grackles take big chunks decimating the suet into crumbs that fall to the ground for the little birds.