Three years ago, around this time of year, we started gaining new visitors (besides humming birds) to our nectar feeders. At first we thought we had a exotic bird visting because we had never seen it before. We have realized that it is an Hooded Oriole and he and his mate have been visiting every summer since (he just returned this week!) and raising their chicks.
We indeed have humming birds and our favorite Orioles. But we also have another visitor. It is a bit larger than a sparrow, it's head and breast is a red color and is a frequent visitor at our nectar feeders. What type of bird might this be? I think it might be a House Finch.
Also, why after livng in the same area for over 10 years did these birds just decide to show up?