Baltimore Oriole – 5/10/12
Observer: Paul Lauenstein
Observation Date: 5/10/12
Observation Time: 7:00 p.m.
Observation Location: Gavins Pond Dam
Common Name: Baltimore Oriole
Scientific Name: Icterus galbula
Comments: First I heard the flutelike call, and then I spotted the brilliant orange oriole in an oak tree just pushing out its first leaves of spring. Even though it was 7:00 p.m. and the sun was low, the bird fairly glowed. I wonder how such a gaudy creature manages to escape the notice of hawks.
Orioles weave hanging nests, and feed on fruit, nectar and insects. They have a counterpart in the tropics called a troupial, which is slightly larger, but sings an uncannily similar song.
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