Thursday, May 29, 2008

Orchard Oriole

Common spring and fall. Uncommon in summer and rare in winter. Nests at ROLF.

Orchard Orioles are smaller than the more well-known Baltimore Orioles. Male Orchard Orioles are a dark brick-red; females are a soft yellow-green. Females somewhat resemble female tanagers but female tanagers do not have wingbars. One yr. old male Orchard Orioles are the same color as females but have black throats. Orchard Orioles are very common in High Island in the spring where they particularly favor the many bottlebrush bushes which have been planted by homeowners. 

Pictures are of female and male.

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