I saw an Orchard Oriole today as well, my very first!
We have a hummingbird feeder up by a huge window in the living room. I had
the screen down so I could clean it and as I was walking back to put the
screen back in I saw a small-medium sized bird sitting on the hummingbird
feeder. Something scared it(probably me) and it flew right in the house.
Both the cat and dog instantly started chasing the poor guy, so he flew into
windows multiple times before I could get the animals out of the room. I
opened all the windows, let him sit for a few minutes, then gently shooed
him out. He flew off just fine, so I hope he wasn't to hurt, but I got a
great close up view of him.
LOL! as I am writing this, a female cardinal flew into the room too. There
is the last suet cake right by the hummingbird feeder too. The female
cardinal usually hits it a few times a day, today she flew right in, did a
big loop into the dining room, and flew out another window.
Guess I better put the screens back up!
On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM, Scott Haber scotthab...@gmail.com wrote:
Susan Newman and I just spent a few minutes watching the young male Orchard
Oriole with Mark Chao at Sapsucker Woods. The bird was singing constantly,
spending most of his time in the trees in the gravel parking area at Kip's
Barn (on the east side of the building). Several times, he flew north
across Sapsucker Woods Road to the flowering Black Locusts on the hill just
across the road from the barn. It was interesting to note that the bird was
singing in flight as well, something I've never noticed in previous
encounters with this species. Mark also noticed that the bird is starting
to show streaks of the chestnut-brown on his breast that will be more
extensive as a full adult.
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