First Oriole of the year

Today during our bird feeding stop at the park, we saw our first Bullock’s Oriole of the year.  It was perched high up at the top a mesquite.  I stopped the van and hand-held my Canon 7D with the 500mm lens out the window.    I would have attached my 1.4 teleconverter, but had no time to do so.  Here is the shot of the wet and bedraggled bird.   They are similar to the Baltimore Oriole and both are sometimes merged as a single species, the Northern Oriole.  The Bullock’s Orioles should be around here until mid-September.

Bullock's Oriole

3 thoughts on “First Oriole of the year

  1. Hi, about three or four years ago, we bought an Oriole feeder at WestLake Hardware. It has paid for itself over the years in sheer joy of watching those bright and beautiful birds come to the feeder. We usually have 2 or 3 males, the same number of females and by the end of the summer we have about 12 Orioles. If you watch closely they have very subtle color and marking variations. Unlike Hummingbirds they seem to be willing to share the feeder and will wait their turn. The males usually arrive first, then the females. We also put out orange halves, and of course, keep water available. The ratio of water to sugar is 3 to 1.

    • Hi Sharon,

      Thanks for writing, Sharon. Orange halves are a great idea. My wife, Ann, puts those out at the birding area at the San Angelo State Park.

  2. I’m jealous of all the birds you see down there. But the warblers are coming our way here in SW Ontario. And it won’t be long and I’ll be wandering the trails at Point Pelee and my jealousy will subside for awhile. Always read your blog. Thanks

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