Added to my Birding Life List on April 13, 2014
South Llano State Park
Since a lot of birders are talking about the Orioles and their migration, I thought I would post my Friday’s Feathered Friend on the Orchard Oriole. It was fun seeing this bird for the first time a few weeks ago.
I will say, as everyone is pointing out, its time to put your Oriole feeders out; it is easy to do. Cut a few oranges in half and place some grape jelly in a dish and you might have a beautiful Oriole in your yard. Here in Colorful Colorado we have the Bullock’s Oriole.
`small Oriole 6-7.75 in length
`black-hood, back and wings
`single-white wing bar
`white-edged flight feathers on wings
`chestnut rump and shoulders
`black-tail with narrow white tips
`dusky wings with two white wing bard
Their song sounds like this:
look here, what cheer, wee yo, what cheer, whip yo, what wheer
I happy bird I would say!
Population status: common to fairly common in open woodland, farmlands, scrub-mesquite, shade trees and orchards. Declining in parts of western range. They eat fruit and nectar.
Conservation: Neotropical migrant, Common host to cowbird parasitism (sad)
- **information above taken from Smithsonian handbooks, Birds of North America**
It can be entertaining as well as educational!