Joe Wetmore and I just watched one of the male orioles in our yard
chattering excitedly. As it dropped down to the ground, we realized that it
was looking after, and bringing food to, a recently fledged oriole chick.
The chick could hop and make short flights of about 4-5 feet, but I'm
wondering where it will find safety for the night. Fortunately, there are
no outdoor cats around our house.

The youngster was absolutely adorable, with perky little white ear-tufts,
much like are shown in this photo:

>From what I've read about orioles, the young fledge after 12-14 days, so
this male must have found his mate not long after his arrival here on May
1st. Females have been way less visible this season compared to previously.



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