I was reading this blog post from Sharon Stiteler, the Birdchick, about providing fruit for our feeder birds, when I fell in love.
With this guy:
That, my friends, is a Chestnut-headed Oropendola eating a banana in Panama. Don’t you just want to sing it? OropenDO-LA! BaNAAna! PAAnama!
Sorry, got a little giddy there.
Anyway I do put out fruit for the birds. In summer everyone enjoys a cool slice of watermelon, especially orioles and catbirds. Grapes, especially small red ones, are a winter treat for the cardinals and others. Wild turkeys delight in frozen/thawed apples under the tree. They hook their beaks in and toss the pulp all over. Cantaloupe is another general favorite, seeds included. Pretty much anything a bit past its prime goes out for the critters and gets eaten, except for the often-recommended orange slices or grape jelly. They only seem to attract wasps.