The Stealthy Oriole

by updated 2012/05/19

Photo by Kevin Cole

For years I would occasionally see what I thought were orioles as I was out in our garden.  I often wondered why I never saw them at the feeders outside our kitchen window where I could get a close up look at them.  Last year I found out why.  The oriole is a nectar eating bird, not a seed eater.  I discovered if I put a large hummingbird feeder up with dollops of jelly on the top, the orioles would come to visit.  I have tried to get a photo of them at the feeder, but they must be the most skittish bird on earth!  Every time we make the slightest movement inside the kitchen window, they fly away.

So, being unable to get a photo of our orioles, included here is a nice photo taken by a guy who has lots of bird photos on his Flicker stream. (click the photo to check them out.)  Also here are a couple of links that show the Bullock’s Oriole that nests here. A very beautiful bird!

Bullock’s Oriole

Google Images of Bullock’s Orioles

And here is a link to the sound of the Bullock Oriole.

Will Sig

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