The Orioles Left When Dad Died

Would I ever get them back?

James Finn
May 4 · 7 min read
Male Baltimore oriole at my jelly feeder, May 3, 2021. All photos in this story property of author.

In the last few years of his life, my dad became a passionate backyard birder

Indigo bunting (L) and brown thrasher. Each gorgeous in their own way.
Rose breasted grosbeak. (L) Nobody told the magnificent spotted towhee (R) that his range does not include Michigan!
Ruby throated hummingbird
Bluebirds of happiness raising broods just outside the kitchen window
The pileated woodpecker is one of our most magnificent year-round friends. Larger than a crow and so bright!
Goldfinches and “common” house finches entertain us all winter long.
Pairs of cardinals are never far away. They mate for life and don’t stray far from one another.
Sam, wishing his best friend would come home.
Elsa napping on her favorite Christmas blanket
This male oriole preferred suet over grape jelly last night.

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James Finn

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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James Finn

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Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

SNAPSHOTS

An art and photography publication focused on visual narrative in storytelling.

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