Right outside the front door, kielbasa (Polish sausage). Delicious.
First variation of orange/ black,.. the redstart flitting around.
That morphed into an oriole dining on buds in the brambles.
That morphed into the blast of red, a tanager also eating buds in the brambles.
I did a lot of roaming after that, nothing spectacular till I got to the Azalea Pond. First there was another redstart and then something caught my eye, the biggest surprise. A hummingbird, a male ruby-throated hummer. I'd never before seen a hummer in May and I'd never before seen a mature male. I almost had a coronary. Could this be a figment of my imagination? Gotta get a picture! Gotta get evidence! I stopped breathing. This was more than I could cope with, a jewel in low light behind leaves in fast movement. It's hard enough getting hummingbird pictures let alone in shade and in a state of shock. It's a miracle I didn't start shaking. I jacked the ISO up to 640 and prayed. Images not great, but it's an honest-to-God ruby-throated male. Only after I got a few images did my mouth utter, "Hummer!" Others looked and got to see it fleetingly.
I sort of went into shock after that. Nothing could be better than a hummer in May. The next time I won't go so freaky because I'll know it's possible. This was an astonishing WOW!
I strolled out onto the point and saw a few more birds- the magnolia warbler doing the usual acrobatics.