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Baltimore Oriole

Posted on May 30, 2016

Those Baltimore Orioles (Icterus galbula) do love to stay high in the canopy of trees, and often enough all you can do is catch a quick glance of orange and black zipping by. If you know their call you probably end up hearing them far more than seeing them. This adult male did give me a minute to snap his shot as he came down to the mid-levels.

Baltimore Oriole male ALT-4324

Baltimore Oriole male ALT-4309

He and his mate were busy feeding, and I presume they have a nest and eggs already on the way. If you have a pair in your neighborhood and would like an even better viewing opportunity then I suggest putting out half of an orange or two in your yard. Make sure you do not leave them out for long or let mammals have a go at them, optimally placing them on your protected bird feeders. Baltimore Orioles love them and will likely fly right on over for a snack.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator