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!
15 thoughts on “~Friday’s Feathered Friend-Orchard Oriole~”
Nice photos! And congratulations on another Life Bird!
Sharon, isn’t it always fun to add a new bird to your Life List. This Orchard Oriole is number 364. Thanks! Hope you are having a wonderful time feeding the birds and wildlife!
A beautiful bird, Sheila. 🙂
Hi Sylvia, yes these birds are beautiful! I need to see where you are currently!
Quite a beauty he is!
Hi LuAnn, wonderful to hear from you. You have been very busy touring around! I hope you enjoy your summer “home”.
Thank you for this post, Sheila, and congratulations on getting a new Life Bird – very nice.
I hope you and Howard and your girls are recovering fast and well after that unexpected and difficult start to this week! I don’t know if it’s any consolation but I just wanted to say, you wrote that story very well; reading it, I felt like I was right there with you.
Thank you so much for your lovely words!
Skye River is doing very well; today I noticed a real improvement in the color of her skin. I believe the Arnaca Gel has helped, but don’t really know for sure. She will be on antibiotics for one more week.
Yes, it is always fun to add a new bird! This winter I was able to add eight new birds. It has been awhile since I have been able to do this.
Enjoy your weekend!
I have never seen an Oriole, besides in pictures. One of my fave birds, even wrote a report on them in 2nd grade. I know we get them here because my mother-in-law has seen them. I’ll try putting an orange out👍👍. Enjoy your weekend…great pics
WOW, you were in love with birds beginning in the 2nd grade! Yes, put out some oranges and some grape jelly and you might have them in your yard.
Go to this blog about lady that volunteers at NWR. She is currently in MN, just arrived, and already has Orioles. You might know her site: http://travels-with-emma.blogspot.com.
Have a beautiful and fun weekend and Happy Mothers Day!
Thanks, Sheila…appreciate this👍👍
Wow, beautiful photos! I think birds take much more patience to photograph since they tend to “move.” 😉
Nice to have you post again. Thanks for your kind thoughts! Wishing you a great weekend! Hugs to Cali!
That’s a beautiful oriole! I am going to look into the feeder. Not sure how that will work with us traveling….
Have a super Saturday Sheila!
You don’t really need a feeder. A dish you can set out with grape jelly and a peg thingy that a bet Joe can build for the oranges. I set out grape jelly last summer and they loved it.