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Orchard Oriole

Posted on Jun 12, 2016

This adult male Orchard Oriole finally gave me a decent couple of poses on a recent morning! My guy was foraging, singing, and defending his territory against various avian intruders when he paused to let me shoot him for a few seconds. His chestnut-like tones look fantastic against the green leaves and blue sky.

Orchard Oriole adult male SFP-4460

Orchard Oriole adult male SFP-4467

Someday I want to get a photo of an Orchard Oriole and a Baltimore Oriole for a better visual comparison of their sizes. Orchards are noticeably smaller than their cousins, just a bit larger than our vireos and warblers. It is hard to believe this fella will be heading south for the winter next month – and it is all the more reason you should get outside to enjoy our summering friends while you can.

Scott Kruitbosch
Conservation & Outreach Coordinator