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