Orchard Oriole

by Shirl Abrahamson
(Jacksonville NC)




This pretty orchard oriole is a frequent visitor!



Comment

As your pictures attests, Orchard Orioles love fruit. If you find it's nest you will see it's excellent weaving. It is not a deep, swinging pouch, like the Baltimore Oriole's, but a well-rounded cup, more like a vireo's, formed of grasses of nearly even length and width, cut green and woven with skill and precision. Look for it near the end of a limb, ten to twenty feet up. It is by no means easily seen when the green, grassy cup matches the color of the leaves.

This first year male will take two, or possibly three years to attain his fine clothes of orange and black. By that time his song is rich, sweet and strong.

Th female in grayish olive green, is more yellowish underneath, so that you may scarcely notice her as she glides among the trees.

Happy Birding and thanks for the great photos.
Susan

Comments for Orchard Oriole

Click here to add your own comments

Aug 02, 2011
RE: Orchard Oriole
by: Anonymous

Thanks! Was so interesting!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Got A Great Bird Story?.



Coming Soon

Recent Articles

  1. Human

    Aug 15, 17 04:51 PM

    Long Island, New York, August, blue-bird sized, brown-grey body, white head, white beak.

    Read More

  2. Strange salmon colored bird out my window

    Aug 14, 17 03:25 PM

    In 27 summers here in Southern Worcester County Massachusetts, I have never seen a bird like this. There were two of them in a crabapple outside my kitchen

    Read More

  3. Rusty Chest, Blue Wing Tips, Brown Back, Sharp Beak

    Aug 11, 17 12:17 PM

    Same bird as posted few years ago under Birds at Feeder: Blue Tail and Wings, Sharp Head Yet to be identified. Certainly not a blue bird.

    Read More